Crutchlow in for Wildcard Ride
Yamaha announced test rider and former race winner Cal Crutchlow will compete as a wildcard at the Japanese MotoGP at Motegi, September 29-October 1.
Crutchlow has been on a vigorous testing schedule in Europe and his appearance at Motegi will allow for more data to be collected by a manufacturer limited to just two full-time bikes on the grid after losing their satellite operation to Aprilia at the end of 2022.
“We are very happy with Cal,” Yamaha Team Manager Maio Meregalli told Motorsport-Total.
“In addition, we are pushing to increase the number of training days in Europe.
“We have already decided that this year we will do a wildcard in Motegi, and I hope there will be a second one.”
Crutchlow formally retired at the end of 2020