Crutchlow pessimistic for future of British MotoGP talent

Cal Crutchlow admits he is pessimistic for the future of British talent in MotoGP, and can picture a grid devoid of UK riders after he stops racing.

Crutchlow pessimistic for future of British MotoGP talent

LCR Honda rider Crutchlow recently secured a one-year extension to his factory contract with the Japanese manufacturer, but said he is “positive” it will be his last in MotoGP.

The 32-year-old is already set to become the only British representative in grand prix racing’s top tier next year, as compatriots Bradley Smith and Scott Redding have not retained their seats at KTM and Aprilia respectively for 2019.

Smith is in contention to join Aprilia as a test rider, while Redding is exploring options in World Superbike, Moto2 and even the domestic Superbike series to further his career.

Asked if he was surprised at the slump in the number of British MotoGP riders, Crutchlow said: “I’m not surprised, not in the slightest.

“I’m good friends with Brad [Smith], I’m a big supporter of his, I think he does a good job in MotoGP. Unfortunately for him, he wasn’t fast enough in the two or three races this year he needed to be.

“But he is fast enough, that’s the difficult thing in MotoGP. If you’re not fast at the right time… it was two or three races, it’s so cut-throat here.

“I would of course like to see Sam [Lowes] regain his form and be able to come back up [from Moto2], but it’s so difficult to see anybody else that’s going to come in those two years.

‘We haven’t even got anyone in Moto3 at the moment that you would say is fantastic, and could come to MotoGP and be competitive.

“If they come here and they’re not competitive, they will be here for one year as well.”

John McPhee, British Talent Team

John McPhee, British Talent Team

Photo by: Gold and Goose / LAT Images

Dorna established the British Talent Cup this year in order to try and encourage more UK riders into grand prix racing, and also supports the British Talent Team that ran John McPhee in Moto3 last year (pictured above) and operates in CEV Moto3 currently.

Crutchlow said he’s a supporter of the initiative but warned it could take years before it produces any rider capable of ascending to the pinnacle of grand prix racing.

“I’m a big supporter of the British Talent Cup, I try and help them guys, to bring the level of riders up in the UK,” said the Honda rider.

“But if I knew what to do, I would fix it, because I have the resources and money to fix it, if that’s what it took.

“We are doing that along with Honda, with Dorna, many things to get to a position where we have these guys come through. But at the moment we don’t see them.

“It’s sad. I can only hope that somebody comes through, but unfortunately I don’t see it at the minute.”

Read Also:

shares
comments
Silverstone must resurface again to safeguard MotoGP deal

Previous article

Silverstone must resurface again to safeguard MotoGP deal

Next article

Rabat's leg "twisted like an S" in Silverstone crash

Rabat's leg "twisted like an S" in Silverstone crash
Load comments
Why Marc Marquez has to reinvent himself as a MotoGP rider Prime

Why Marc Marquez has to reinvent himself as a MotoGP rider

Marc Marquez's romp to victory at the Grand Prix of the Americas led many to believe the 'old' pre-injury Honda rider was close to coming back to his full powers. However, the 'old' Marquez will probably never exist again and instead he'll have to adapt to his new reality to return to title-winning ways in 2022.

MotoGP
Oct 6, 2021
Why self-preservation was key to Marquez's COTA "dream" result Prime

Why self-preservation was key to Marquez's COTA "dream" result

Marc Marquez scorched to his seventh Circuit of the Americas victory in MotoGP last Sunday with a display reminiscent of his pre-injury form. However, his path to the win across the weekend was in keeping with the current reality of his physical limitations, with self-preservation on Saturday key to his Sunday success

MotoGP
Oct 4, 2021
How Ducati has developed MotoGP's most versatile bike Prime

How Ducati has developed MotoGP's most versatile bike

His third place at Misano made Enea Bastianini the fifth different Ducati-mounted rider to score a podium in 2021. Amid a season that has seen one rider amass the bulk of Yamaha and Honda's success, the Ducati's versatility makes for a potent weapon, but the contribution of a former leading light shouldn't be forgotten

MotoGP
Sep 23, 2021
The next steps in the rebuilding of a stalled MotoGP career Prime

The next steps in the rebuilding of a stalled MotoGP career

Maverick Vinales’ early debut with Aprilia has been one of the most interesting plots of the recent MotoGP rounds. The results may not look standout on paper, but a closer inspection reveals just how much progress Vinales has truly made in understanding a bike that has taken him well out of his “comfort zone”.

MotoGP
Sep 22, 2021
Why Misano was a pivotal race for MotoGP's present and future Prime

Why Misano was a pivotal race for MotoGP's present and future

On a day each of the podium trio could claim to be the star of the show, the San Marino GP will be remembered as a pivotal race in both MotoGP's present and future. While Fabio Quartararo demonstrated his world title credentials just behind Francesco Bagnaia's flawless victory charge, a new threat emerged from the shadows

MotoGP
Sep 20, 2021
How Ducati's Aragon MotoGP win harks to its past and its future Prime

How Ducati's Aragon MotoGP win harks to its past and its future

Duelling against Marc Marquez at the Aragon Grand Prix, Francesco Bagnaia came out on top to secure a long overdue MotoGP victory. As Marquez likened Bagnaia to a Ducati title contender of old, it appears the Italian rider could finally start to fight for wins on a more regular basis

MotoGP
Sep 13, 2021
Why Dovizioso is more of a temporary fix than a Yamaha gamble Prime

Why Dovizioso is more of a temporary fix than a Yamaha gamble

OPINION: The return of Andrea Dovizioso to the grid at Misano will be an interesting subplot to the remainder of the 2021 MotoGP season. But the circumstances that have led to the former Ducati rider ending his sabbatical point to his signing being one more of convenience than a long-term commitment

MotoGP
Sep 8, 2021
Why the British GP was a triumph for MotoGP Prime

Why the British GP was a triumph for MotoGP

OPINION: The 2021 British Grand Prix was a historic day for MotoGP. At the centre of it was Aleix Espargaro on the Aprilia after securing its first podium in the modern MotoGP era. It was something of a full-circle moment that highlighted just how far MotoGP has come in the last decade

MotoGP
Aug 30, 2021