Not your Average MotoGP Rider: Cal Crutchlow

Kellie Canosa

By Kellie Canosa

August 18, 2014

Cal Crutchlow is not your average story in terms of how he became a MotoGP™ rider. Very much a latecomer to motorcycle racing by modern standards, Crutchlow focused on football in his early years until an awful knee injury at age 11.

The injury lead him to follow in his father’s footsteps by turning his attention to bikes in 1996. Just three years later, Crutchlow was crowned UK Junior Challenge Champion!


Date of Birth: October 29, 1985
Place of Birth: Coventry, England
Residence: Isle of Man
Marital Status: Married to Lucy
Bike: Ducati Desmosedici GP14
Race Number: 35

Up next for Crutchlow was manufacturer cup racing, where he achieved the Aprilia RS 125 Challenge title in 2001 and finished runner up in the Yamaha R6 Cup in 2003. The following year, riding on a Honda, he entered the British Supersport Championship which began a great three year run that saw him win the 2006 national championship.

According to, the 2006 national championship “earned Cal a move up to British Superbike the following year with Rizla Suzuki, and his debut season saw him score a pole position at Croft and a podium finish at Brands Hatch, ultimately finishing ninth overall.”

In 2008, the eager Crutchlow switched back to a Honda bike with the HM Plant squad! Every rider has that moment when their career immediately takes off and they never look back. Well, after switching bikes he found his A-game and achieved a pair of victories, finishing the year third overall in the standings.

The following year Crutchlow moved into the international stage, where success seemed to pour out of his ears. Accepting an offer from the factory Yamaha team to campaign the Supersport World Championship, his results were impressive and his riding was strong, which helped him earn the title in his debut year.

In 2010, his hard work and steady stream of accomplishments paid off as he earned a promotion to the Superbike World Championship. His rookie season saw him take a trio of victories, plus eight podium finishes and to top it off, he rode to fifth position in the final standings.

Movin’ on Up!

Who doesn't love being rewarded for hard work? Crutchlow once again was rewarded for his accomplishment. On Sep. 5, 2010 it was officially announced that he would join Tech 3 for the 2011 MotoGP Championship!

He ended the season in 12th position in the championship, and was also presented the Rookie of the Year Award after achieving his best result of the season, fourth place in Valencia. –“With a year of experience under his belt, Cal stepped up his performance in 2012, regularly posting top five finishes and in the latter part of the season collecting a pair of podium finishes as well.” That set him up for an even better 2013 season.

Crutchlow achieved the first two MotoGP™ pole positions of his career and also posted two runner-up finishes and a pair of third place results. But the most impressive thing about his season: he ended the year fifth in the points standings –the best for the non factory riders!

For 2014, Crutchlow rides for the Italian manufacturer, Ducati Team, alongside Andrea Dovizioso aboard the Desmosedici.

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