LCR and Honda Racing Corporation announced a contract extension for Cal Crutchlow which will see the British rider stay with the team for two more MotoGP seasons.

Along with his LCR deal, Crutchlow was awarded a factory contract in 2018 which saw him perform several testing duties for Honda to aide in the development of the bike. He has since signed a new deal which will now see him with Honda until the 2020 MotoGP season.

“I am very pleased to renew and extend my relationship with Honda HRC and the LCR Honda Team again in 2020,” Crutchlow said. “We have all worked very hard and we have had great successes and will continue too, I’m sure.

“As I said in the past, I have the best support I could ask for from Honda, and Lucio and his team do an excellent job to give me a competitive bike every weekend.” The new contract was announced on the eve of his home grand prix at Silverstone.

“HRC’s president Yoshishige Nomura said: “We are happy to announce Cal’s contract extension. Last year we contracted with him for 2018 and 2019 as an HRC factory rider. This year he has again shown his strong talent and his performance deserves the status of factory rider.

“There is no better way to show him that than by making a new agreement with him, so we have decided to extend our contract. We’ve got to know Cal very well since he arrived at Honda in 2015.

“By hard work and by getting many good results he has contributed a lot to Honda and the LCR Honda MotoGP Team and he always gives us very useful feedback for the evolution of the RC213V,” he added.

The 32-year-old made his MotoGP debut in 2011 abode a satellite Yamaha with Tech 3 outfit. After three seasons with the French team, Crutchlow switched to Ducati in 2014 as a factory rider but only raced for the one season.

He then made a switch to LCR to ride the satellite Honda in 2015 and has been with the team since. With his sound performances over the years, Crutchlow was awarded a factory contract for 2018 and 2019 which has now been extended to 2020.