Cal Crutchlow has just a few friends in the MotoGP paddock and one of these is Jack Miller. He’s had a great relationship with the Australian since coming to LCR in 2015, the two riders forging a close bond and doing many things together, the latest an attempt to enter Mir’s motorhome in Valencia to take a picture with the champion’s trophy, as he told us after qualifying.
The Englishman has always had good things to say about the Australian, even during his last media debrief, in which he spoke of the season to come and his hope that Jack can fight for the title aboard the factory Ducati.
“I hope there are more races, more winners and more riders on the podium”
After a particularly complicated 2020, Cal hopes that 2021 is a better year, both in and outside the paddock. “For the sake of the riders, mechanics and everyone around the world, I hope that 2021 is not like 2020. It’s been a strange and difficult year for those outside this paddock – says Crutchlow – We are in a privileged position in terms of what we’ve been able to do despite the struggles people are having around the world. We closed the paddock without thinking about what was going on outside.”
As for racing in 2021, he adds: “In terms of the racing, I hope there are more races at more tracks. I hope there are more different winners and more riders reaching the podium because they’re all on factory bikes. Carmelo has done a great job achieving this level of competitiveness and ensuring that even the riders at the back of the grid can be closer. Every rider has a good bike, some are able to ride with the new tyres, others can’t, and those who have problems can make progress throughout the season. Over the fourteen races we’ve seen a good level and I hope we can see something similar next year, even with more races. Personally, I hope Jack can win, in the last two races he’s shown real confidence with this bike. I hope he can fight for the title, just as I hope Marc will return”.
Translated by Heather Watson