British Grand Prix hero Cal Crutchlow has already been back in the gym as he battles to overcome a broken ankle sustained in a crash during practice at Silverstone.

The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider was forced to start the British MotoGP from the rear of the grid, but valiantly battled through the field to finish sixth to move into fourth position in the championship table.

The 26-year-old is recuperating at home on the Isle of Man as he sets his sights on the forthcoming round at Assen next weekend.

Reflecting on the accident, Crutchlow said he has suffered no 'long term damage'.

"I have a dislocated and broken ankle. We knew the extent more or less straightaway on Saturday.

"It's back in place and there's no real long-term damage and the healing process is the main thing now," said Crutchlow, who was participating in a live webchat on the Bennetts Bike Insurance Facebook page.

"It's a lot more painful now than it was on Sunday. I'm now back at home on the Isle of Man and I came here to see my doctor, Ross Barker, and he's looking after the ankle really well.

"After what happened last year with the broken collarbone and not being able to race, it was so disappointing," he added.

"Another error on my part, but we have to look into it because there were three different guys who crashed on exactly the same lap and we all had the same used tyre from the afternoon before.

"I was actually coming into the pits on that lap so I wasn't pushing hard at all, but we managed to high-side the bike although I was able to shut the throttle off fast enough so I fell off the side of the bike.

"It was still a very big crash and I hit my head quite hard as well, which was one of the worst things and I was a little bit dazed at the side of the track."

Crutchlow conceded that he may have opted to pull out of the race had it not been his home event, adding that he felt he 'owed it to the fans' to race on Sunday.

"If someone had asked me when I was lying in the gravel if I'd be racing the next day I'd have said no, but it was thanks to a lot of people that we managed to make the grid on the Sunday and the medical staff at the circuit were great," he said.

"Obviously my passion is to race a motorcycle and you'd do anything to be on the grid, but I'd probably have sat it out [at a different circuit].

"I felt I had a big loyalty to the British fans and there were so many people there with flags and T-shirts and they still came out on the Sunday knowing that I may not be riding, so I felt I owed it to them and my team," he added.

Crutchlow's recovery period has been estimated at 'eight to ten weeks' but he has vowed to 'push the boundaries' in his efforts to return sooner rather than later.

"The doctors said eight to ten weeks... I have to be very careful because I don't want to make the injury worse, but I'm a motorcycle racer and I have to push the boundaries.

"I want to get back into training as much as possible, as soon as possible. I did a little bit of cycling in the gym today [Tuesday] in a controlled environment and by the end of the week I hope to be cycling outside," he said.

"Hopefully I'll get rid of the crutches soon and walking on it is the most painful thing.

"I've got a good week of recovering until I leave the Isle of Man next Tuesday and obviously it's going to be months before the ankle is perfect, but I think if we can go into these next races a bit more comfortable then it will be a big help."

Crutchlow feels certain he would have finished on the rostrum at Silverstone had it not been for Saturday's misfortune.

"Looking at my race pace we could have definitely been on the podium. It was a bittersweet result for me and it's great that I came through, but it was an emotional weekend," he said.

"To be able to finish sixth after what happened was a good result but you're always thinking what could've been.

"If it had been a normal weekend and I'd qualified on the front two rows, could I have challenged for the win - potentially, yes. Would I have challenged for the podium - definitely.

"We went into the race fifth in the championship and came out of it in fourth, so there's a good positive there and I think we did a good job."

Crutchlow is supporting the campaign to help raise awareness of motorcyclists on the roads by making it compulsory to include a biker-related question in the UK driving test.

A total of 100,000 signatures are required by 2pm on Saturday and the figure currently stands at over 68,000.


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