MotoGP Portimao: Crutchlow closes the book on his premier-class career

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Britain’s Cal Crutchlow brought the curtain down on his LCR Honda career with a points finish in the season-ending Portuguese MotoGP, coming home in 13th position.

After joining the premier class in 20111, it was not the result he was hoping for, Crutchlow fought to the end in typical fashion as he bid farewell to the MotoGP class.

“First of all, I want to say thank you to my team for the last six years, we’ve had some incredible moments. This year obviously didn’t go to plan, but with the team that I’ve spent the most amount of time with in my career, it was nice to finish it with them,” he said.

“I gave my all this weekend, I topped a couple of the sessions, I went for it in the race, unfortunately I didn’t have the rear tyre under me to be able to continue to push at that pace, but I was glad to finish the race and glad to have the season over and my full-time career finished, which was the decision I took earlier in the year and am happy with.

“Now I look forward to watching from afar, obviously I’ll still be in a testing role next year, but I look forward to watching the MotoGP races in years to come. It’s going to be exciting, I’ll let these young guys take the reins and go for it and I wish them all the best.”

Together Crutchlow and LCR Honda were able to obtain the team’s first victory in the MotoGP class, achieved a total of 12 podiums and three victories over the last six seasons, becoming the most important rider in LCR history.

Crutchlow joined the LCR Honda Castrol team in 2015 and got on the podium that same year in Argentina. Perhaps his crowning glory came in 2016 as he took the team’s first victory in Brno – and became the first British Grand Prix winner in 35 years.

A second win at Phillip Island followed this achievement in his second year with the team, which helped him secure Top Independent Team rider in 2016.

The Briton finished on the podium once more in Argentina in 2017. In 2018, Crutchlow secured his third victory, in Argentina, and followed it with two more podiums in Misano and Motegi. Then, in 2019, added three more podium finishes in Qatar, Germany and Australia.

“It is a hard day for us because Cal Crutchlow has definitely been the most important rider in the history of the LCR Honda team. He has been the rider that has ridden for the longest consecutive period of time with us and, because of this, he is part of our family,” said team boss Lucio Cecchinello.

“Cal brought three stunning victories and 12 podiums in total to LCR. We were also able to support Honda by adding crucial points for the Constructor World Championship Title and with him, we won Best Independent Team in 2016. What Cal has done for the LCR Honda Team is simply extraordinary.

During these six seasons together, we’ve had also some tough moments, difficulties, injuries… but this is all part of this incredible sport that gives us a lot of emotions, happiness and adrenaline.

“On the other hand, of course, it also gives us many headaches, fears and stress. If everything were smooth and perfect, we wouldn’t enjoy our job as much. I think that it is because of these emotions and mixed feelings, that we love MotoGP.

“Cal Crutchlow will always be part of our family. We wish him all the best in his professional future and in his private life with Lucy and Willow.”