Cal Crutchlow’s dream of a factory ride in MotoGP has apparently come true, according to a report published by the BBC this morning. The deal is claimed to be for a Ducati factory ride during the 2014 and 2015 seasons, alongside Crutchlow’s former Tech3 Yamaha teammate Andrea Dovizioso.
No official word yet on the fate of Nicky Hayden, although there is some indication Ducati is trying to keep him in the family, perhaps aboard a superbike in WSB next year.
Ducati is expected to issue an official press release confirming Crutchlow’s employment within the next few days. Crutchlow is generally considered the top non-factory rider in MotoGP at the moment. He has beaten all other non-factory riders this year in every round, except two.