From Krop's article:
Chief among the candidates for the second Ducati factory seat is Cal Crutchlow, the Englishman having renewed his talks with the Italian factory after the management clear out instigated after Audi took over the company. Officially, discussions are only at an exploratory stage, but an increasing number of insiders believe the deal to be very close to being agreed. Crutchlow continues to deny rumors of the deal being nearly done, but there is so much smoke that some kind of fire must be present, however small.
Someone school me!: Why the hell would Cal want to ride the Ducati?
He's currently and consistently beating all the factory Ducs on his Tech3 Yamaha. Obviously, there's some other factor I'm not seeing. Factory or not, the Ducatis are shit, and unlikely to stop being so for many years.