Crutchlow To Ducati, Espargaro Joins Tech3

Cal Crutchlow will join Ducati beginning in 2014.
Cal Crutchlow will join Ducati beginning in 2014.

Ducati has reached an agreement with Cal Crutchlow that will have the Briton campaigning the 2014 and 2015 MotoGP race seasons with the Ducati Team, replacing departing rider Nicky Hayden.

Crutchlow will race alongside Andrea Dovizioso. The British rider and the Italian, who were team-mates in 2012, will work on developing the Desmosedici and growing Ducati’s MotoGP project.

The 2009 World Supersport champion and 2011 MotoGP Rookie of the Year, Crutchlow is presently enjoying his strongest GP season to date, sitting fifth in the championship points standings while riding for Monster Yamaha Tech3. He has posted four podium finishes in the first nine races, and he earned his first MotoGP pole position at the Dutch TT.

With Crutchlow moving to Ducati, Yamaha Tech3 was quick to announce his replacement. The team has selected Spanish Moto2 rider Pol Espargaró to ride the Yamaha YZR-M1 beginning in 2014.

The 22-year-old has scored seven victories during his time in Moto2 and is currently second in the Moto2 standings so far in 2013.