“I Doubt It Happening” – Cal Crutchlow Criticizes Yamaha’s Testing Program
Following his wildcard in Japan, Cal Crutchlow criticized Yamaha’s testing program. The Briton is not sure whether he will continue in 2024.
Cal Crutchlow concluded his career as a regular rider after the 2020 season and assumed the role of Yamaha’s test rider, stepping into Jorge Lorenzo’s shoes in 2021.
In his debut year, he filled in as a replacement rider for Franco Morbidelli and Maverick Viñales on four occasions. Last year, the Briton made his MotoGP comeback for six races due to Andrea Dovizioso’s early departure in Misano.
In his third season as Yamaha’s test rider, Crutchlow participated as a wildcard at the Mobility Resort Motegi last weekend, aiming to advance the M1’s development.
However, following his only wildcard entry of the season, Crutchlow expressed the need to eliminate ineffective strategies and especially criticized Yamaha’s testing schedule.
He remarked: “I doubt it happening but they [need to] change the plan.” The Briton seems frustrated and makes cooperation beyond 2023 dependent on the testing plan of the Iwata manufacturer.
Regarding his future in 2024, the 37-year-old rider remains uncertain. “They want me to sign a new three-year contract, but it depends on the test program,” Crutchlow revealed.
He pointed out the inadequacy of the current plan, saying, “It is not good enough at the moment, and they are aware of it.”
“For instance, this year, I had a 14-week break once – after Sepang, I had nine weeks off, followed by three tests in three weeks, then another 14 weeks off, and then three tests in two weeks.”
“This approach doesn’t work. We need to ensure consistent work on the motorcycle, even for the engineers, to make progress. Hopefully, they will create a better plan, and then I will make a decision.”