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Cal Crutchlow ruled out of Argentina MotoGP

"I am very sad to let the team down like this because I was really looking forward to racing in Argentina" - Cal Crutchlow.
Cal Crutchlow has been ruled out of this weekend's Argentina MotoGP round due to the hand injuries sustained in Austin.

The Ducati Team rider had initially been diagnosed with a dislocated right little finger, but further checks at a specialised centre in San Diego also revealed a tiny fracture of the finger and as a result it was decided that he should undergo a small operation to insert a stabilising pin.

Crutchlow, one of the few who already knows the Termas de Rio Hondo track after taking part in two days of testing last year, hoped to recover in time for the Argentinean race. However continuing intense pain in his right hand, which prevents him from using the front brake correctly, has forced him to abandon. He will now return to England to continue treatment and try and get ready for Jerez.

“I am very sad to let the team down like this because I was really looking forward to racing in Argentina,” said Crutchlow. “On Tuesday I had some scans on my hand and we saw that my finger was still dislocated from the crash and also broken so Dr. Chao decided to put a pin in to stabilise it.

“Unfortunately I'm still feeling too much pain in my right hand, my knuckles are the most painful part and I'm not in condition to race this weekend. Now I'm going back to the UK to continue treatment and try and get ready for the race at Jerez.”

Cructhlow also had some fluid in his forearm removed, a legacy of last year's Silverstone accident.

Ducati test rider Michele Pirro will take the Englishman's place alongside Andrea Dovizioso, who claimed Ducati's first podium since 2012 at Austin.

Tagged as: Ducati , Cal Crutchlow

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April 22, 2014 9:05 AM

rbr46: Dovi is riding really well, I think Cal could learn a few things from him. Firstly his attitude needs to improve. Dovi keeps quiet and gets on with the task in hand. Stop moaning every race weekend Cal.
Some people prefer the riders to speak frankly, some actually prefer their commentary soaked in sugar with a chocolate sauce. I'd rather hear the riders tell it like it is. How they ride matters more than on what they say. Rossi, as the master of spin, is very entertaining and clever, and adds colour to the sport, but if everyone spoke his PR savvy spiel, MotoGP would become a mere celeb-fest. There's only room for one Rossi at a time. Cal's fine. Sometimes he vents his frustration, and it may or may not be reasonable. At least he isn't boring. Let him heal.


April 22, 2014 7:30 AM

It was always going to happen. If you consider the amount of times he crashed last year on a Yamaha, moving to Ducati was always going to end like this. Expect the same over the rest of the season. Still, he will be making a lot more money this year, so every cloud has a silver lining.

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