Cal Crutchlow has admitted that he will not be racing for Ducati next season.
The Englishman has enjoyed a superb campaign for Tech3 this year and has seen his standing within the MotoGP paddock increase immensely with a series of strong races.
For much of the year he has been linked with a move to the Italian manufacturer in place of Valentino Rossi but the former World Supersport champion today admitted on twitter that a move to Ducati is no longer a possibility.
“You can all stop asking about me riding the red bike …, it’s not avaliable to ride ! So I won’t be riding it,” tweeted the Englishman.
Andrea Dovizioso is expected to be confirmed as Nicky Hayden’s teammate in the near future.
With Rossi having announced his move to Yamaha the remaining Tech 3 seat is now arguably the most sought after ride in the MotoGP paddock with Bradley Smith and Randy de Puniet also linked with the satellite Yamaha ride.
Tech 3 Moto2 racer Bradley Smith has a contract with the team to race in the premier class next season and recent speculation has also linked Aspar CRT star Randy de Puniet to the team.