With an early end to his 2018 season, Cal Crutchlow is on the road to recovery after a nasty crash at the Australia Grand Prix and will enter another season with the LCR Honda Team. The British rider has “wild card” reputation which stems from a high crash rate balanced with some of the more competitive performance indexes. If Crutchlow can keep his bike on two wheels, his skill level and experience pose him as a serious threat to other riders. We hope to see him back on the circuit and fit for the February test events.
Below we have provided graphs tracking both his average speed index as well as his average consistency index over time. These graphs represent an annual average with all races combined for the past 5 years. If you are unfamiliar with our indexes, a rider’s speed index is calculated from sector times for every circuit of every race. A rider’s consistency index quantifies their ability to keep consistency sector times on a lap by lap basis. For both indexes, a smaller value = faster sector times with little variation (high consistency).
Cal Crutchlow raced with the Ducati team in 2014 and has remained with Honda since his team switch in 2015.
What do we hope to see from LCR Honda rider Cal Crutchlow as he enters his ninth season in MotoGP? Consistency, consistency and some more consistency! We often expect to see a slower rate of index improvement from more seasoned riders as they have already made great strides and are now fine tuning skills each season. So while we expected Crutchlow to have a more leveled out projection rate, his indexes are maintaining momentum, ranking him high among some of the top riders. Crutchlow had three podium finishes in 2018 and his crash rate over the past five seasons reflect linear improvement, making 2019 a promising season. Coming back from such a serious injury, we hope to see Crutchlow ease into the season, focusing on consistent riding over drastically improved times.