Monster Yamaha’s Cal Crutchlow has sparked speculation he may be in talks with Ducati for a seat in the works squad next season after saying he wouldn’t be afraid of riding the GP12 and that he is in conversation with a team other than his current satellite squad.
Crutchlow said that his riding style is similar to Casey Stoner’s and that the Aussie is the only rider that has been able to make the Ducati, in any of its incarnations, work properly.
"I’m not afraid of it. It’s a bike, you just try and ride it the best you can. You have to look at Valentino, he is still one of the best riders in the world. Last week, he never won the race but is shows what he is capable of. Something at the minute isn’t clicking but you can never be sure, he could turn up at the next race and win by a minute," said Crutchlow, speaking at Montmelo.
"If I look to my riding style and Casey’s riding style, how we open the gas and how we brake - obviously he is a second a lap faster half the time - it’s similar and he is the only one who has been able to ride the Ducati. Am I scared to take a chance and go there? No.
"Of course I’m talking to people. At the end of the day, Herve signed Bradley and maybe that’s the best thing that ever happened. Obviously, I never had a contract for next year but that makes by decision a bit easier, if I have got a decision to make. We’re talking to people and we have been approached by a team but as far as I am concerned, I still have a job here."