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Crutchlow certain of green light for Assen

"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” - Cal Crutchlow.
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].




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oldbiker - Unregistered

June 25, 2012 6:25 PM

These guys get one shot at glory and good luck to Cal for guts. However, (there's always a "however"), Assen is totally unlike Silverstone with its tight twists and turns so I sincerely hope he does'nt end up either crashing or aggravating his injuries to such an extent he is either sidelined or severely hampered for the rest of the season.



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