Britain’s Cal Crutchlow has signed to ride for LCR Honda for another year, quashing speculation that the team was end it’s long-standing relationship with Honda in favour of the ever-improving Suzukis.
Crutchlow made the announcement at the Assen GP press conference, explaining that he had signed to ride the Factory spec Honda for the 2017 season.
The former Ducati, and Tech 3 rider has enjoyed a difficult 2016 season, initially struggling to tame the aggressive nature of the RC213V, but he has enjoyed better results recently and has started to put in the performance he feels his talent is worthy of.
Crutchlow had been linked with a move to the Suzuki Factory team, but that option was closed when the Japanese manufacturer announced it had signed hotshot Alex Rins to partner the fast but erratic Andrea Iannone.
The moves means most of the seats for the 2017 season are now locked out, with Aprilia being the only Factory team to still confirm its line-up, although it has announced that neither Stefan Bradl nor Alvaro Bautista will be retained.