Yamaha will keep Crutchlow as MotoGP test rider in 2022

Yamaha has confirmed it will continue with three-time MotoGP race winner Cal Crutchlow as its test rider for the 2022 season, though nothing has been officially signed yet.

Yamaha will keep Crutchlow as MotoGP test rider in 2022

The three-time MotoGP race winner joined Yamaha at the start of 2021 as its official test rider following his retirement from full-time competition at the end of last season.

Crutchlow replaced three-time world champion Jorge Lorenzo in the role, the Spaniard having briefly returned to the marque with whom he won all three of his MotoGP titles in 2020 following his retirement from racing at the end of a woeful campaign with Honda in 2019.

Although the ongoing COVID pandemic has complicated Crutchlow's testing programme with Yamaha this year, the 36-year-old Briton was present in February for the Qatar tests and has carried out several private outings since – including recently at Aragon on the 2022 M1.

Speaking in the annual end-of-season team manager press conference on Friday in Valencia, Yamaha boss Lin Jarvis confirmed the marque will increase its testing plans next year and will continue with Crutchlow.

"I can say that yes we will do more in the testing for next year," Jarvis said. "So, this is a clear commitment from the mother company.

"We will still run a hybrid operation with a lot of Japanese staff together with a lot of European staff.

"We will have more European staff on the team, but we will continue to have this combination on each location.

"We will definitely continue with Cal. We haven't signed, but we've agreed terms and Cal will stay with us in the future, that's already decided."

Cal Crutchlow, Yamaha Factory Racing

Cal Crutchlow, Yamaha Factory Racing

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

Crutchlow contested four races in 2021 as a replacement rider, standing in for Petronas SRT's injured Franco Morbidelli at the Styrian and Austrian GPs, before replacing the ousted Maverick Vinales at Yamaha's factory squad at Silverstone and Aragon.

He failed to score points in any of those races, but was largely put on the bike to help continue his test programme having been off the bike before August's Austrian double-header since April.

Earlier in the year, Vinales and 2021 world champion Fabio Quartararo heaped praise on Crutchlow's efforts as test rider over the winter.

shares
comments

Related video

Valencia MotoGP: KTM's Lecuona tops wet first practice
Previous article

Valencia MotoGP: KTM's Lecuona tops wet first practice

Next article

Suzuki rules out Alpine F1 boss Brivio's MotoGP return for 2022

Suzuki rules out Alpine F1 boss Brivio's MotoGP return for 2022
Load comments
Why a difficult 2021 hasn't broken Pol Espargaro's resolve Prime

Why a difficult 2021 hasn't broken Pol Espargaro's resolve

Pol Espargaro’s switch to Honda for 2021 was one of MotoGP’s biggest rider market shocks. But a difficult bike coupled with various external factors led to a difficult first campaign. As a critical 2022 campaign for both Espargaro and Honda looms, his 2021 experience hasn’t dented his long-held resolve

MotoGP
Jan 17, 2022
Why KTM's latest young outcast is a cautionary tale for MotoGP Prime

Why KTM's latest young outcast is a cautionary tale for MotoGP

Iker Lecuona’s absence from the 2022 MotoGP grid after losing his KTM ride will likely pass most onlookers by. But after just 30 race starts in a MotoGP move he was sucked into by circumstance, the World Superbike-bound 21-year-old's story should act as a warning to KTM - and MotoGP as a whole - in regards to its future stars

MotoGP
Jan 4, 2022
How Ducati's expanded roster will threaten MotoGP's balance in 2022 Prime

How Ducati's expanded roster will threaten MotoGP's balance in 2022

That Ducati will compete with eight prototypes in MotoGP this year is nothing new, having already done so between 2016 and 2018. But the involvement and coverage of the Borgo Panigale company in its alliances is now much greater than in past years, which could have the effect of unbalancing the premier class

MotoGP
Jan 3, 2022
Ranking the top 10 MotoGP riders of 2021 Prime

Ranking the top 10 MotoGP riders of 2021

Although Fabio Quartararo wrapped up the 2021 MotoGP title with two rounds to go, the Yamaha rider had strong competition from the revitalised Ducati factory team and a revitalised Marc Marquez. Read on to see who makes our top 10 list.

MotoGP
Dec 23, 2021
How Quartararo cast aside prior doubts to become MotoGP's new king Prime

How Quartararo cast aside prior doubts to become MotoGP's new king

Doubts were cast over Yamaha’s French recruit after his disastrous end to the 2020 MotoGP season with Petronas SRT, but Fabio Quartararo answered them convincingly in 2021 to claim a MotoGP title that exhibited both his devastating speed and mental strength

MotoGP
Dec 7, 2021
The Rossi-less future MotoGP must now navigate Prime

The Rossi-less future MotoGP must now navigate

Motorcycle racing's greatest showman has left the stage, as Valentino Rossi calls time on his remarkable career on two wheels. But in his successors, all of whom were inspired by 'the Doctor', grand prix racing has vibrant new acts to keep us hooked

MotoGP
Dec 4, 2021
Valentino Rossi’s 10 greatest MotoGP races Prime

Valentino Rossi’s 10 greatest MotoGP races

As the Italian legend finally bows out and retires from MotoGP, it marks the end of one of the most incredible careers in motorsport history. Here is Motorsport.com's pick of his best rides and the stories behind them

MotoGP
Dec 3, 2021
How Ducati has drawn first blood in the 2022 MotoGP title race Prime

How Ducati has drawn first blood in the 2022 MotoGP title race

The 2021 MotoGP season may have only just ended but preparations for 2022 are well underway following a two-day test at Jerez this week. Ducati has hit the ground running while a lack of progress dominated Yamaha’s and world champion Fabio Quartararo’s test. While no battle lines have been drawn yet for 2022, it appears Ducati has already drawn first blood...

MotoGP
Nov 20, 2021