Assen MotoGP:Cal Crutchlow could suit Ducati, says Valentino Rossi

Valentino Rossi believes British rider Cal Crutchlow could be competitive on Ducati’s struggling factory Desmosedici machine.

The 26-year-old Midlander has been offered a two-year deal to join the Bologna factory after a series of impressive performances with the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team in 2012.

Crutchlow’s growing reputation was only enhanced at the recent British Grand Prix when he rode to a heroic sixth place from the back of the grid, just over 24 hours after breaking his left ankle in a high-speed practice crash.

Crutchlow has repeatedly said he is not afraid to jump on the finicky Desmosedici, despite Rossi’s struggle to make any major impact on the bike since he quit Yamaha at the end of 2010.

Rossi has only scored two podium finishes in 23 races and only Aussie Casey Stoner has been able to enjoy any major success while riding the Desmosedici….

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