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He is a British professional motorcycle road racer, who currently competes in the MotoGP World Championship for CWM LCR Honda.
Born in Coventry, England, on the 29th October 1985. He was named Cal after the American motorcycle racer Cal Rayborn. His father Derek, was also a racer, and can be seen on the pit wall holding Cals pit board out. Cal did not become interested in the sport himself until age 11. He did not hold a motorcycle licence for the road until 2008.
Cal Crutchlow lives in Ramsey, Isle of Man. Married to Lucy nee Heron.
He started his career as a superbike rider. He was the 2006 British Supersport Championship champion and the 2009 Supersport World Championship winner with Yamaha. He also won races in the British Superbike Championship – finishing 3rd in 2008 – and in the World Superbike Championship, finishing 5th in 2010.
Cal Crutchlow arrived in MotoGP™ from WorldSBK in 2011, having also taken the 2009 WorldSSP title. Achieving accolades as Rookie of the Year on his debut with Monster Yamaha Tech 3, Crutchlow then made his first podiums and pole positions with the Yamaha banner before leaving to the Ducati Team in 2014. Switching to LCR Honda the year after, Crutchlow’s greatest glory came in 2016 as he took victory in the wet in Brno – the first British winner for 35 years – and then followed it by another win at Phillip Island, in the dry. Top Independent Team rider in 2016 and a podium finisher once again in 2017, Crutchlow remains with the LCR team this season for the fourth year running.
Since 2011, Crutchlow has competed in the MotoGP World Championship. He joined the Tech 3 satellite team, riding a Yamaha, achieving six podium finishes over three seasons, between 2011 and 2013. In 2014, Crutchlow joined the factory Ducati team on a two year contract from 2014. However, after just one season with the team – with one podium finish, and lying fourteenth in the riders' championship – Crutchlow terminated his contract to join CWM LCR Honda for the 2015 season, riding a factory Honda. Crutchlow also has ridden several exhibition laps around the world famous Isle of Man TT Course.
Crutchlow won the UK Junior Challenge in 1999 and the Aprilia RS125 Challenge in 2001. He was runner up in the 2003 Yamaha R6 Cup.
He won the British Supersport Championship in 2006, after a 3 year stint in the series in which he finished 3rd in 2005.
British Superbike Championship 2007–2008
Crutchlow riding for Honda in the 2008 British Superbike Championship
In 2007 he made his debut in the British Superbike Championship, with the Rizla Suzuki team.
World Supersport Championship 2009.
In 2009 Cal rode for the Yamaha factory team in the World Supersport Championship. Crutchlow won the championship.
World Superbike Championship 2010.
Crutchlow took his first World Superbike race win at the Silverstone round.
Yamaha Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team 2011– 2013
Crutchlow ended the season in 12th position in the championship, and sealed the Rookie of the Year Award, getting his best result of the season, a fourth place in Valencia.
Crutchlow got off to a good start. In Losail, Qatar. Crutchlow took 4th place ahead of teammate Andrea Dovizioso. Crutchlow again suffered disappointment at Silverstone during practice for the British Grand Prix when he crashed. Starting at the back of the grid, Crutchlow raced with characteristic determination, and finished in a highly commendable 6th place. Overall Crutchlow had a very positive season, finishing seventh in the championship, running consistently within the top five riders and obtaining two podium finishes – third place on both occasions – in the Czech Republic and in Australia.
Crutchlow battling with Valentino Rossi at the 2013 French Grand Prix, where he finished second. After another positive season, Crutchlow finished fifth in the championship with 188 points. He obtained four podium finishes, with second places in France and Germany, and third places in Italy and the Netherlands. He also achieved the first pole position of his career at Assen. Crutchlow battled consistently among the second group of riders, along with Andrea Dovizioso, Stefan Bradl and Álvaro Bautista.
In Qatar he finished in sixth place. He achieved his first podium with Ducati in Aragon, finishing in third place.
Team LCR 2015 – present
Crutchlow started the 2015 season with CWM-LCR Honda by taking seventh place finishes in Qatar and Austin. He then got his first podium with the team, with a third place result in Argentina. Also he achieved LCR's first podium since 2013. Crutchlow took a sixth place at Assen in the Netherlands and a seventh place finish in Germany. Crutchlow finished eighth in the championship.
Crutchlow won his first race at the wet 2016 Czech Republic GP. This win ended a 35 year dry spell as the last win by a British rider in the top flight was Barry Sheene at the 1981 Swedish Grand Prix. He also won the Australian GP, his first dry win. He became the first Briton ever to win the Australian Grand Prix. He ended the year with 141 points, finishing seventh in the championship. The top Independent Team rider in 2016.
Crutchlow crashed out at Qatar, but in the second race in Argentina he got a podium in 3rd place. He followed this up with two top five finishes in his next three races to produce a solid start to the season. Best results were COTA Texas, USA 4th, Le Mans, France 5th, Assen, Netherlands 4th, Brno, Czech 5th, Silverstone Britain, 4th, and Philip Island, Australia 5th.
For 2018 he remains with the LCR Honda CASTROL Team and has extended his contract with LCR Honda CASTROL Team and HRC, Honda Racing Corporation, who also run the Factory Repsol Team until 2019.
- Roland Potter