El Petronas Yamaha Sepang Racing Team de a MotoGP confirmed that the British Cal Crutchlow will replace the italian Franco Morbidelli, who is still in the process of recovery after the left knee operation to which he was subjected. Crutchlow will take part in the two Grand Prix to be held at the Austrian Red Bull Ring (8 and 15/8) and in which it will be held in Silverstone (29 / 8).
Crutchlow is no stranger to the operation of the Yamaha in MotoGP since he began his campaign in the premier class on a motorcycle of the Japanese brand in 2011, where he completed up to three seasons. He is currently the factory's official test and development pilot.
“After considering all options it was a collective decision between Yamaha and us to ask Cal Crutchlow to replace Franco, while he recovers from the operation. Cal is a very experienced rider, who is currently a test rider for Yamaha. As an independent team, this is where we can really step up to help Yamaha. Cal will be able to rack up some good mileage on our M1, which will help him in his test and development work for Yamaha. "indicated Razlan Razali, Team Principal of Petronas Yamaha SRT
“It is fantastic to be racing with Yamaha again this year, although this does not happen in the best of circumstances. That is why I wish Franco a good recovery and I hope he will come back strong after knee surgery. I think it is difficult to set goals for these three races and it will be more about understanding the bike, as I have had only a few days of running this year. The good thing will be that I will be able to compare the bikes and I will be able to gather a lot of data for Yamaha ”, the pilot explained.