Cal Crutchlow will stay at LCR Honda for at least the next two MotoGP seasons with a new HRC contract.
In a change from his previous three years at Lucio Cecchinello's team, the two-time MotoGP race winner will now be contracted directly to HRC alongside Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa, while he also technically becomes the first rider confirmed for the 2019 World Championship.
The official Repsol Honda line-up of Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa, like all current factory riders (performance clauses aside), have contracts that expire at the end of 2018.
Since switching to LCR Honda in 2015, Crutchlow has taken two MotoGP victories, two second places and two third places.
"I am very happy to confirm that I will be riding for HRC with the LCR Team again for two more seasons," Crutchlow said. "We have worked extremely hard over the last three seasons together and I am positive that we will enjoy more great results together.
"I would like to thank HRC for the great support they offer me and our team, and I look forward to giving my hundred percent to this project as always."