Cal Crutchlow extends contract with Yamaha as test rider

Cal Crutchlow extends contract with Yamaha as test rider

Cal Crutchlow will continue to be a Yamaha MotoGP test rider for the next two seasons, according to the manufacturer.

From 2011 to 2020, the 36-year old raced full-time in MotoGP for Tech3 Yamaha, Ducati, and LCR Honda, winning three races on the RCV. Crutchlow began as Yamaha’s European test rider after Jorge Lorenzo retired at the end of 2020.

After retiring from full-time MotoGPTM competition at the end of 2020, Crutchlow signed with Yamaha as a Test Rider in 2021, and he competed in four races – Styria, Austria, Britain, and Aragon – as a replacement rider.

“I’m happy to be spending the next two years with the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP team as their Official Test Rider again,” Crutchlow said in a tweet from Yamaha.

“I think it makes sense for all parties involved to continue our good working relationship from last year. I will again put 100% into it.”

Crutchlow was expected to make a wild-card appearance last year, but due to injuries to Franco Morbidelli and subsequently the departure of Maverick Vinales, he instead rode in four MotoGP races, two for Petronas SRT and two for Monster Yamaha, finishing 16th in his best.

Crutchlow, who is now in Sepang for the Shakedown and Official Tests, will remain with Yamaha until at least the end of 2023. He is yet to appear on the track during a racing weekend this or next season, according to Yamaha.

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