Crutchlow: Pedrosa a title dark horse

Cal Crutchlow believes that Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa has a good chance of winning the 2016 MotoGP title.

At 1.60m tall and weighing just 51kgs, Pedrosa is much smaller and lighter than other riders on the grid, so much so that on his arrival in the premier class questions were raised as to whether he would be strong enough to ride a MotoGP bike.

While his stature may have counted against him in the past, a switch in tyre manufacturer, with Michelin replacing Bridgestone, could work in has favour as tyre wear has already been highlighted as a problem in off-season tests.

"I think Dani has the biggest shot at the title because he's not going to load the front tyre in the same way as everyone else," Crutchlow has been quoted as saying by GP Update.

"He's got so much experience on Michelin tyres and what he did at [the post-season test at] Valencia seemed to come really easy. He's the guy to look out for [in 2016]."

Pedrosa is a three-time runner-up in MotoGP, having fallen just short in 2007, 2010 and 2012.