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Injured Crutchlow talks last-to-sixth home charge

"It was a very tough race but I just had to try and ignore the pain and let the adrenaline and support of the British crowd get me through" - Cal Crutchlow
Cal Crutchlow put aside the pain of an ankle injury to charge from 20th to sixth in front of his home fans in Sunday's British MotoGP at Silverstone.

The 26-year-old was only passed fit to ride minutes before the Sunday's warm-up session after he suffered a fractured bone in his left ankle (the team stated on Saturday evening that there were no fractures) following a nasty fall in final practice.

Having missed qualifying to undergo scans in hospital, Crutchlow had to start the 20-lap race from the back of the grid, but was soon on the move.

By the end of the second lap, Crutchlow had already passed all nine CRT machines to move into 11th, with Valentino Rossi factory Ducati 3.3s clear in 10th.

Despite the considerable discomfort caused when changing direction and shifting gears, Crutchlow passed Rossi for 10th on lap six and then hunted down Hector Barbera and Stefan Bradl to seize seventh by lap 11.

Crutchlow's hopes of a top six seemed remote when he trailed Nicky Hayden by seven seconds on lap 12. Roared on by his home crowd, Crutchlow set a stunning pace that matched the leading group and a remarkable charge through the field was complete when he secured sixth from Hayden on the very final lap.

Crutchlow, who set the ninth fastest race lap, receive a deserved standing ovation from an appreciative home crowd when he returned to the Yamaha Tech 3 garage and his efforts mean he has regained fourth, and top satellite rider, in the 2012 standings.

“That's a weekend I won't forget in a hurry,” said Crutchlow, who had left the home fans disappointed in 2011 when he was sidelined by a fractured collarbone in qualifying.

“Yesterday was a disaster with the crash and I thought I was going to miss my home race again. But the Clinica Mobile team and medical staff at Silverstone did an amazing job and I am grateful that I could finally start my home grand prix.

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