MotoGP Valencia: Crutchlow expecting ‘different’ Ducati at Sepang

Crutchlow isn't expecting miracles on Monday
Crutchlow isn't expecting miracles on Monday Picture: Bonnie Lane

Britain’s Cal Crutchlow will sling his leg over a Ducati MotoGP race bike for the first time at Valencia on Monday but says he isn’t expecting to put in a lot of fast laps and may not test for all three days - but the Isle of Man resident added there would be a completely different bike for him at Sepang in February.

Crutchlow will get a 2013 bike to ride on Monday and another mule with some modifications but nothing earth-shattering and reckons he will have the same feelings as Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso have experienced all season.

"We are going to test as there are some things to test. I think the plan is they are going to have one of this year’s bikes to do some normal laps on and they are bringing another bike but so far as I am aware, it is not drastically different anyway," said Crutchlow, speaking at Valencia.

"I don’t think we will need to test for all three days. For me, it’s not going to be a test where I have to go out and be fast or anything like that. I will be getting used to riding a Ducati. We know there are some things that are different to how I have them now on the Yamaha, so we will be looking at to start.

"We are fully aware there is not going to be anything new for this test but in Sepang it will be completely different. I don’t expect, and they don’t expect, any miracles at the first test. I am sure I will only be saying what the other guys have said."

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