Satellite Yamaha star Cal Crutchlow has wished reigning MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo
a speedy recovery after the Spaniard was injured in a huge fall during the opening day of practice for the Dutch TT at Assen.
Crutchlow was the only rider to lap within half a second of Lorenzo's stunning time in the dry before the Factory Yamaha rider suffered a fracture of his left collarbone when he went down hard in the wet in FP2 this afternoon.
The British rider, whose time of 1m 35.613s put him second on the morning time sheets, said: “The gap of everybody else was pretty big to be fair and Jorge was doing an amazing job.
“It's a huge shame that he got injured in FP2 and I wish him a speedy recovery because the championship is not the same with him not in it.”
Crutchlow led the times in the wet but slipped down the standings after pulling in as the session reached a conclusion, when a number of riders improved their pace in the closing laps.
He eventually finished seventh, but the Yamaha rider is more than happy with his display on day one.
“I am really happy with today. I was second in the dry this morning although I need to improve my pace in the first sector because the gap to Lorenzo in that section was pretty big,” he said.
“In the rain this afternoon I was very comfortable and I am one of the fastest on track,” he added.
“Before the end of the session I didn't want to take any risks so I came into the pits and lost a few places.
“Had I stayed out I am sure I could have been in the top three again but I am happy enough with my performance in both conditions.”