For 2015, Cal Crutchlow enters his fifth season as a MotoGP racer, as he joins the CWM LCR Honda Team. The occasion initiates an exciting chapter in the career of the 2009 Supersport World Champion and 2011 MotoGP Rookie of the Year.
Born on 29 October 1985 in Coventry, England, Crutchlow was a relative latecomer to motorcycle racing by modern standards, focusing on football in his early years until a knee injury at age 11 prompted him to follow in his father’s footsteps by turning his attention to bikes in 1996. His progress as a youth was rapid, as he was crowned UK Junior Challenge Champion just three years later.
Crutchlow moved on to manufacturer cup racing, earning the Aprilia RS 125 Challenge title in 2001 and finishing runner up in the Yamaha R6 Cup in 2003. The next year saw him enter the British Supersport Championship aboard a Honda, beginning a three year stint that culminated in winning the 2006 national championship.
That earned Cal a move up to British Superbike the following year with Rizla Suzuki, and his debut season saw him score a pole position at Croft and a podium finish at Brands Hatch, ultimately finishing ninth overall.
For 2008, Cal switched back to Honda machinery with the HM Plant squad, where his performance immediately took a step forward, and thanks in part to a pair of victories, he finished the year third in the standings.
The following year saw Crutchlow advance to the international stage, where he found immediate success. After accepting an offer from the factory Yamaha team to campaign the Supersport World Championship, his consistently fast pace and strong results helped him to earn the title in his debut year.
The accomplishment earned him a promotion to the Superbike World Championship in 2010, and his rookie season saw him take a trio of victories, plus
an additional eight podium finishes, as he rode to fifth position in the final standings.
Once again, Cal was rewarded, this time with a move to MotoGP with Monster Yamaha Tech 3. Crutchlow immediately set to work adapting his riding style to the new class as he rode to twelfth place in the championship, earning Rookie of the Year honors along the way. With a year of experience under his belt, Cal stepped up his performance in 2012, regularly posting top five finishes and in the latter part of the season collecting a pair of podium finishes as well.
That set him up for an even better 2013, as Crutchlow earned the first two MotoGP pole positions of his career and also posted two runner up finishes and a pair of third place results. At year’s end, he was an impressive fifth in the points standings, the best of the non factory riders.
- Age: 28 (Born 29 October 1985)
- Birth Place: Coventry, UK
- Residence: Isle of Man
- Marital Status: Married to Lucy
- Height: 5 ft 6½ in(170cm)
- Weight: 152 lbs. (69kg)
- Bike: Ducati Desmosedici GP14
- Race number: 35
- GPs started: 52
- First GP: Qatar GP (2011)
- Wins: -
- Podium places: 7
- Pole positions: 2
- First GP pole: Dutch TT (2013)
- Fastest laps: 1
- Points: 409
- 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