MotoGP » Le Mans: Crutchlow - Coughing blood to podium champagne

“I was lying on the floor with blood in the helmet and didn't know what the situation was” - Cal Crutchlow.

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May 20, 2013 11:02 AM

The reason Cal continued to cough up blood after the accident was because he hit the ground so hard that he suffered a pulmonary contusion (i.e. blunt trauma impact to the lung that causes its small blood vessels to burst). PC can be a very serious and complicated injury and certainly not something to be made light of.

Those seeking to disparage what was a very brave and determined effort should try throwing themselves to the ground hard enough to damage lung tissue and then try to even walk or ride a bicycle. That Crutchlow almost put the bike on the front row of the grid shortly afterwards is quite frankly astonishing.

Heroic Cal - Unregistered

May 20, 2013 11:05 AM

Great ride by Cal! He totally deserved the podium .

I thought Julian Ryder was having one of those days on Sunday, referring to Pedrosa as 'Nicky' and announcing "Pirro Smith" was crossing the finish line... lol a few other things I can't remember now

rab 27 - Unregistered

May 20, 2013 11:16 AM

fantastic race by cal,was great to watch.its a pity he still cant get off the line as he had the pace to go with pedrosa,and he made less mistakes than dani.
even in the wet he was losing big distance to whoever was in front of him once the throttle was turned past one third ,to do the times he did with a significant acceleration deficit to all the riders around him was a great effort.
it relly would be great to see what he could do on a full fat factory effort.


May 20, 2013 12:40 PM

He rode very well,probley his best motoGP race to date to be honest,But alot of British fans like to discredit other riders when "Luck" seems to come into play so if your going to give it you have to be able to take it.Would Cal have gotten on the podium if MM had of got a better start and Lorenzo didnt suffer from a bad tire..not likely but its all part of racing.
Remember when Spies won in Assen it was only because Lorenzo Crashed lol!

See ya - Unregistered

May 20, 2013 1:05 PM

..or even another 2nd place in the wet I'd still eat my words!! To not be a fluke, he has to repeat this feat, no? Lets see him do it and prove me wrong.


May 20, 2013 1:14 PM


Apparently Bridgestone couldn't find anything wrong with JL's tyre. Set-up issue?

And I think what really hurt MM's race wasn't so much his bad start but the amount of times he ran off track/ran wide due to his inexperience in riding a MotoGP bike in the wet. Next time no doubt he'll be a lot more competitive.

Buy yes, other riders just have to try and capitalise on these opportunities when they come up. They won't happen often.

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