Crutchlow U-turn creates headache for Pramac Ducati

Pramac Ducati bosses have admitted Cal Crutchlow`s shock Desmosedici departure threw the Italian team`s 2015 plans into disarray.

Paolo Campinoti`s satellite squad believed it would keep hold of number one asset Andrea Iannone for next season.

The Italian was unable to secure a switch to join Andrea Dovizioso once Crutchlow announced he was staying with the Bologna factory during the recent World Ducati Week celebrations.

But Crutchlow`s dramatic U-turn that saw him quit Ducati to move to LCR Honda meant Iannone was promoted to Ducati`s factory squad.

Had it been aware of Crutchlow`s departure sooner, MCN understands Pramac had wanted to sign Stefan Brad. But at the end of last month when Crutchlow confirmed he would be leaving Ducati halfway through a two-year deal, Bradl had already agreed to join Forward Racing Yamaha.

Pramac boss Francesco Guidotti told MCN: “It has been difficult because it looked like everything was fixed, especially after the declaration of Cal at World Ducati Week that he was staying.

“Now we have to re-consider everything with Ducati and also the sponsors because Andrea was very attractive for sponsorship, so we have to start almost from a plain sheet of paper. And we lost the right time to approach a rider of a certain level.”

Pramac has been linked with Eugene Laverty, Dominique Aegerter and Johann Zarco and Guidotti admitted that Pramac would take a financial hit too by Iannone`s departure, with some sponsors leaving and fresh investment no longer coming in at the anticipated level.

Guidotti added: “Not everybody is staying. With new sponsors we confirmed Andrea after World Ducati Week and we were right at the end of negotiations. But without Andrea we have to re-consider everything.

“We had an Italian sponsor, so they were pretty happy to have an Italian rider that was challenging for the top five. Maybe they will stay but with a different amount.”

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