British rider Cal Crutchlow says he won't request for factory assistance from Honda next season. Crutchlow won the last race at Phillip Island in Australia. So he now has two wins under his belt in this season and in his MotoGP career.
Crutchlow joined the LCR Honda at the start of 2015 after stints at Tech 3 Yamaha and Ducati. After winning the race in Australia, Cal said he and his team deserves more support from Honda.
The 30-year-old is all geared up for this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix and in the pre-event press conference at Sepang, he said, "Honestly speaking, we are happy with what we have, sure.
"Technically we are at a great level, but I don't think it's down to me to make this decision or ask for anything more or anything less. You can see from Phillip Island we're not missing anything, and if you put Marc on my bike I think he would go at the same speed.
"We have to be realistic, but we made a good job in the second half of the season, just not the first part."
He also compared the level of support from Honda to that he had from Yamaha when he raced for them on a satellite motorcycle in 2011-13. He added, "I had great support from every manufacturer I rode for.
"With Yamaha, knew the bike was the same as Valentino [Rossi] and Jorge [Lorenzo] the year before, they took the bike from the previous year.
"With Honda, we go with them at the start of the year and they build the new-specification bike, so it's close. Our package is close. I don't think I got more support from one or the other at all.
"I made six podiums with Yamaha, and now I have nearly equalled this with Honda already [he has scored five]. I also think I'm riding better now because I have more years in MotoGP."