The team Yamaha de a MotoGP confirmed that the British Cal Crutchlow will become his new test driver from 2021, a role in which he will replace the Spanish Jorge Lorenzo.
Crutchlow had run out of place on the team LCR, Honda satellite, in which he had been since 2015, due to the arrival of the Spanish Alex Marquez to form a couple with the Japanese Takaaki nakagami. His sporting campaign in the premier class of the Motorcycle World Championship began in 2011, with a total of 19 podiums and three wins.
His debut with a motorcycle that he already knows from his time at Yamaha in his first three World Cup seasons will be in the test of Sepang (Malaysia) that will take place from February 14 to 16, 2021, although the Japanese brand, which considers it "ideal" for this position, indicated that the Coventry has also been available to cover some casualties of the official pilots .
Lynn Jarvis, CEO Yamaha motor racing, welcomed Crutchlow, who highlighted his "great experience" for his time also at Ducati. "Coupled with his honest and no-nonsense approach, it will surely benefit us greatly as we strive to improve our YZR-M1 with a full testing program next year., Anadio.
“Of course, we had planned and expected a solid program this year with Jorge. Unfortunately, our test team soon had to suspend their plans when the pandemic began. We wish Jorge all the best in his future endeavors and we thank him for his many years of collaboration with Yamaha ”, the British team-manager pointed out.