Cal Crutchlow aims to try and salvage something from the British MotoGP weekend by taking part in Sunday's race.

Pending medical clearance, the Englishman will be able to line-up at the back of the 20-rider grid despite missing qualifying due to an ankle injury in an out-lap fall in Saturday morning practice.

After initial checks in the Silverstone Circuit Medical Centre, Crutchlow was transferred to hospital in Oxford.

Extensive analysis of scans confirmed the former World Supersport champion hasn't suffered any fractures and he is already able to put weight on his left foot after doctors reduced the swelling around his heel and ankle.

Crutchlow will undergo a further detailed assessment with Silverstone medics tomorrow morning, but the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team is optimistic that he will be given clearance to start the 20-lap race.

"We are very optimistic that Cal will be able to participate in the British Grand Prix tomorrow," said team manager Herve Poncharal. "The medical staff in Oxford said he should be fine to race and he has no broken bones in the foot or ankle. That is a big relief because Cal was in quite a lot of pain.

"He will now undertake the necessary checks with the Silverstone medics in the morning, but it looks very positive. We obviously hope he will be able to ride after the disappointment of last year when he was unable to start the race because he was injured.

"I know what it means for him to race in front of his home crowd, who have given Cal and the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team unbelievable support this weekend."

Crutchlow missed last year's race due to a broken collarbone in qualifying, meaning Sunday should be his first Silverstone grand prix start.

Crutchlow's pace in practice means he is eligible to start despite skipping qualifying and, even if all ten other manufacturer bikes finish, he will score five points just by beating the privateer CRT riders.

That's a far cry from the podium challenge Crutchlow has provided in several rounds this year, but the unpredictable British weather could yet play into his hands on Sunday - just as it did for injured team-mate Colin Edwards one year ago.


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