Cal Crutchlow says he is not shocked by today's announcement that Alex Marquez will join the LCR Honda team for the 2021 MotoGP season.

The Englishman told BT Sport that things are looking positive for him to continue in MotoGP, with rumours of a potential move to Aprilia now gathering steam.

But intriguingly - despite HRC today wishing Crutchlow 'all the best in his future endeavours' - the #35 pointed out that team-mate Takaaki Nakagami has not yet re-signed and claims LCR boss Lucio Cecchinello 'wants to keep me'.

"I knew this was the situation three months ago," Crutchlow told BT Sport. "So I put in motion to continue to ride.

"Like I said, I wanted to continue to ride at the end of last year and start of this year and things are looking positive to continue racing in MotoGP and we'll assess the situation when some more stuff becomes a little bit clearer.

"But overall this situation is not a shock to me. I knew it was happening a long time ago. We also have to remember I've had some great years with LCR, this will be my sixth season with them. All my three wins in MotoGP have been with this team and also a lot of podiums.

"I have them to thank for that because we put together a great programme. I think it's been a great success over the years and I'll give my all again this year for them.

"But at the end of the day that story is not finished either, because Taka is not confirmed in LCR yet and I know Lucio wants to keep me. So in the end that story is not finished and my story in MotoGP is not finished either.

"I feel good, I feel strong. Last time I finished a MotoGP race I finished second to Marc Marquez in Australia. So I'm still competitive, still hungry and still determined. I can't wait to get this season underway and see how it goes."

Alex Marquez will be spending his rookie MotoGP season alongside older brother and reigning MotoGP champion Marc at the Repsol Honda team, before moving to LCR to make way for Pol Espargaro in 2021.

 

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