Cal Crutchlow

Cal Crutchlow

Cal Crutchlow was born in Coventry (Great Britain) on October 29, 1985. Although his father, Derek, was a racer, Cal was interested in football. He changed his mind at the age of 11 when, after a knee injury, he decided to concentrate on motorcycle racing.

Cal quickly showed he has pretty big talent in riding bikes. He improved his skills in some national series, until he came to British Supersport Championship in 2004. Three years later he became Champion and moved up to British Superbike Championship. He spent there two seasons and rewarded his team with the third place at the end of 2008.

In 2009 Crutchlow made a storm-start in World Supersport Championship, as he won the title already in his rookie season! After snagging the crown, he made another step forward and graduated to World Superbike class. His first victory in WSBK came in his home round at the famous Silverstone circuit.

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After just a single season in World Superbike Championship, at the late 2010 it was announced that Crutchlow would have joined team Tech3 in MotoGP. In his debut season in 2011, his best finish was the fourth position in Valencia and he also won the Rookie of the Year trophy. In the first GP in 2012, in Qatar, he got his first front row start. Several months later, in his home GP at Silverstone, riding with a broken and dislocated left ankle, Crutchlow finished in sixth position! In August in Brno, Cal secured the third place, which was his first podium finish in MotoGP.

A real breakout year for Cal was 2013. He notched four podium finishes and two pole positions. Often fighting with front-runners, he ended that year in fifth place in the World Championship, being the best non-factory rider. This result gave him a chance to ride on a factory Ducati in 2014.

After an unlucky season with Ducati, occurred with just one podium finish in wet Aragon and 13th place overall, Cal decided to change bikes once again. In 2015 he joined the LCR Honda Team founded and managed by former rider Lucio Cecchinello alongside the premier class rookie Jack Miller. The Briton quickly adapted to the powerful Honda RC213V achieving his first podium (3rd overall) in the second round of the calendar at Termas de Rio Hondo GP (Argentina). Unfortunately Crutchlow also experienced a few DNF races in Europe but managed to finish the majority of the rounds in the top ten. At the end of his debut year on Honda, Crutchlow obtained the 8th position overall in the world standing. The 2016 marks and unforgettable year for the Briton and his Team: Cal won his first premier class race at the wet 2016 Czech Republic GP (the last win by a British rider in the top flight was Barry Sheene at the 1981 Swedish Grand Prix) and he also won the Australian GP, his first dry win (becoming the first Briton ever to win the Australian Grand Prix). Summing the second place in Germany and the second place in his home race at Silverstone, the LCR racer ended his second year with Honda in 7th place overall (Best Independent Team Rider).

2016: 7th in MotoGP World Championship (Honda)
2015: 8th in MotoGP World Championship (Honda)
2014: 13th in MotoGP World Championship (Ducati)
2013: 5th in MotoGP World Championship (Yamaha)
2012: 7th in MotoGP World Championship (Yamaha)
2011: 12th in MotoGP World Championship (Yamaha)+ Rookie of the Year
2010: 5th in Superbike World Championship (Yamaha)
2009: Supersport World Champion (Yamaha)
2008: 3rd in British Superbike Championship (Honda)
2007: 9th in British Superbike Championship (Suzuki)
2006: British Supersport Champion (Honda)
2005: 3rd in British Supersport Championship (Honda)
2004: 10th in British Supersport Championship (Honda)
2003: 2nd in Yamaha R6 Cup
2002: 4th in Junior Superstock Championship
2001: Aprilia RS 125 Challenge winner
2000: Aprilia RS 125 Challenge
1999: UK Junior Challenge winner