Cal Crutchlow has spent the ten days since Silverstone doing all he can to help his fractured ankle heal, ahead of this weekend's Assen MotoGP round.

"My ankle is coming along good. I went back to the Isle of Man and used the hyperbaric chamber there to get the swelling down. It's like breathing pure oxygen to decrease the swelling," he explained.

"Luckily I didn't have to have any surgery on it. As you could see in Silverstone it didn't hinder me too much in the race, but it's still a bit sore to walk on because it's still broken inside.

"I have to wear a boot, quite a cool boot, to keep the foot inline because the ligaments are damaged."

Crutchlow sustained the injury when he fell from his Tech 3 Yamaha in Saturday practice for the British MotoGP, prompting fears he could miss his home grand prix for the second year in succession.

But the Englishman returned for race day, when he rode from 20th and last to a memorable sixth place.

"Silverstone was bittersweet," he said. "We did not a bad race, finished sixth, but you also think what could have been. But it was one of those things. My own fault."

Crutchlow also spoke of the physical test he was made to endure before being granted medical permission to ride at Silverstone.

"It wasn't that nice. They made me run the length of this room about four times. Wasn't really a run, but more of a hobble, and do some foot raises. Stupid things really but I think they were right to do it," he said.

"The medics at the circuit and the Clinica Mobile did a fantastic job. The main concern was not for me, but the other riders - if I couldn't get out of the way on the track if I had a crash or something, because I couldn't run because of my ankle.

"They did the right thing in putting me through that test. It's not just my safety, it's everyone else."

Crutchlow, who starts this weekend's Assen round fourth in the championship, also insisted that rumours about his 2013 plans, most notably links to Ducati, won't affect his riding.

"It doesn't divert from the job in hand. My job is to do the best job I can for Yamaha Tech 3. Yamaha are doing a fantastic job and so are the team. I'm happy and hopefully we can continue to get some good results."


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