LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow says Jorge Lorenzo's retirement is a "sad day" for MotoGP, after the five-time world champion decided to call time on his career on Thursday in Valencia.
A special press conference was announced on Thursday morning, with Lorenzo revealing that the Valencia Grand Prix would be his last, citing his recent injuries as a main factor in his decision.
Crutchlow – who is one of the realistic candidates to replace him along with LCR stand-in Johann Zarco – praised Lorenzo's career, highlighting that "a lot of people wouldn't even be in the same race" as him on his best days.
"The first thought should be [that] it's a sad day for our sport," Crutchlow responded when asked what Lorenzo's new means for his future.
"A champion like Jorge, a five-time champion like Jorge, and a guy that on his day a lot of people wouldn't even be in the same race as.
"And sometimes even if you were on the podium you wouldn't even be in the same race as.
"So, he's been a great champion and the ultimate professional. I know his character is a little bit different to anyone else's, and even the riders see that.
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