Having elected not to undergo surgery, Cal Crutchlow is certain he will be passed fit to ride in this weekend's Dutch TT at Assen.

The Englishman fought through the pain barrier during a gutsy last-to-sixth place charge in front of his home fans at Silverstone on June 17, having suffered a broken and dislocated left ankle in a Saturday practice fall.

Crutchlow was only passed fit to ride on the morning of the British race, after performing a series of physical tests to convince the circuit doctors that he had enough strength and movement to control his YZR-M1.

"If they pass me fit at Silverstone, they've got to pass me fit at the next race unless I have an operation - and I won't be having an operation," said Crutchlow.

"The doctors said they could operate and put a pin in it but the guy who I saw on the Saturday, who is an ankle specialist, said it would make it worse."

Instead Crutchlow has been receiving extensive treatment on the injured ankle back in the Isle of Man before travelling to Assen.

"The doctors told me I was not allowed to put any weight on my foot for eight to 10 weeks but me being a typical motorcycle rider, that's eight to 10 hours," he said.

"The bone is quite badly broken on the inside. I've fractured the inside of my ankle and I dislocated it. I've got to rest up, let the healing process do what it can and aim to come back stronger in Assen.

"The Silverstone result gives me confidence because I was as fast as the guys in front and matching Jorge Lorenzo [at the end of the race].

"The positive thing for me is that I was running at a consistent pace when out in clear air, which is something we've struggled with since last year so that's encouraging for the future."

Crutchlow's Silverstone result moved him back into fourth in the championship,, six points ahead of Tech 3 Yamaha team-mate Andrea Dovizioso, who fell while fighting for his second podium of the year.

Dovizioso claimed a rostrum for Repsol Honda at Assen last season, while Crutchlow ran fourth in the early stages before pitting due to front tyre problems.


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