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2015-08-27 09:57

BACK FOR 2016: MotoGP rider MotoGP rider Cal Crutchlow has signed a new deal with Honda for 2016. Image: Facebook

LONDON, England - British MotoGP riders Cal Crutchlow and Bradley Smith signed new deals with Honda and Yamaha teams respectively for the 2016 season ahead of their home grand prix at Silverstone.

Crutchlow, who finished third in Argentina in April, told reporters at a MotoGP preview event on Wednesday (August 26) that he had extended his contract for two years with the Italian-based LCR Honda team.

'GOOD POSITION'

Crutchlow, who has ridden for three different manufacturers in three seasons, said: "I am very pleased to be with Honda again, they have worked very hard for me this year and it's nice to have some consistency with a manufacturer."

Smith, currently fifth in the championship and the highest-ranked Briton, announced separately a new one-year deal keeping him at the Tech3 Yamaha team for a sixth season.

He said: "Over the last two GPs it's been quite mentally taxing with a lot of meetings and back and forth. So to have my mind a lot clearer now going into these last seven races puts me in a good position."


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