Ducati in talks with Cal Crutchlow

Ducati is locked in talks with Cal Crutchlow and has offered the British rider a two-year deal to quit Yamaha next season, MCN can reveal.

Crutchlow doesn’t have a contract with his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 squad for next season and interest in him has rocketed after a stunning start to 2012.

The 26-year-old has scored three front row starts and finished every race with a worst result of eighth in a rain-hit French Grand Prix last month.

His impressive form continued on Sunday when he stormed from the back row of the grid to finish in a heroic sixth place at Silverstone, just over 24 hours after a high-side crash in practice looked like ruling him out of the race with a broken and dislocated left ankle.

Ducati boss Vittoriano Guareschi said it was inspired and aggressive performances like he showed on Sunday that appealed to the Bologna factory.

He told MCN: “We are speaking to Cal. He is a fast rider and aggressive and I think with our bike it is possible for him to get some good results. Now he is a Yamaha rider and Yamaha will be looking very closely at him and it is not easy for us to take him or easy for Yamaha to lose a good rider like him.”

MCN revealed after the recent Catalunya MotoGP round earlier this month that negotiations between Ducati and Crutchlow’s management had commenced….

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