Cal Crutchlow has confirmed he will attempt to ride in the seventh round of the 2011 MotoGP World Championship at Assen, just a week after undergoing surgery on a broken collarbone.
The Tech 3 Yamaha rider was forced to withdraw from his home British Grand Prix after an accident during practice left him nursing a collarbone injury that necessitated surgery.
Nonetheless, while the damage was stated to be worse than that which befell team-mate Colin Edwards a week earlier in Spain, Crutchlow is still planning to compete in the Netherlands.
At worse, Crutchlow will be back aboard the Yamaha YZF-M1 for Thursday practice before a decision is then taken as to whether he will continue for qualifying and the race.
"Assen is another track that I know from my time in World Superbikes, but I will have to see how my shoulder is doing on the bike and go from there,” he admitted. “It is Yamaha's 50th anniversary and I will do my best to be there and support them."