Crutchlow: I’m happy with where I am

Cal Crutchlow said the reason he signed a two-year factory contract for the 2018 and 2019 MotoGP seasons with HRC was that all other offers could not match the one tabled.

According to reports, Aprilia were one of the factories offering the 31-year-old Crutchlow a deal but he chose to stay with LCR Honda saying "What I wanted, I got". 

For the 2018 season, he will remain in Lucio Cecchinello's LCR satellite outfit and more than likely also for 2019. 

The MotoGP Championship heads to the Netherlands this weekend for Round Eight and in an interview done at the TT Assen Circuit, Crutchlow said he was pleased with his new Honda deal and was there to win races.

"Obviously, I'm pleased," Crutchlow said. "I had some great offers on the table. HRC made just as good an offer if not better, it means I get to stay with the same team, the team I worked with for the past three years. For me to change and go somewhere else I don't see the point. 

"My aim is not to be in a factory team. I'm not here to be in a factory team. I'm here to win. I'm in a satellite team so it's possible. I don't think it would make any difference. 

"I'm happy with where I am. I think my team do a good enough job. What I wanted, I got. Why would I think of changing? Why would I leave?" 

In the current MotoGP standings, Crutchlow is in ninth position on 45 points but more importantly, he has been the most successful rider for LCR, winning their first ever two MotoGP races in 2016 at Czech Grand Prix and Australian Grand Prix.

Since joining LCR from Ducati in 2015 he has managed six podiums.