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Spain MotoGP: Crutchlow return confirmed for Jerez

"I still have some pain and it's definitely going to be difficult to ride this weekend" - Cal Crutchlow.
Ducati has confirmed that Cal Crutchlow will return to MotoGP action at Jerez, after being forced to miss last weekend's Argentina round.

The Englishman was sidelined due to a dislocated right little finger and a tiny fracture in the same hand during a race accident in Austin.

To help speed up his recovery, Crutchlow has been spending time in a hyperbaric chamber.

"My hand is getting better every day, but I still have some pain and it's definitely going to be difficult to ride this weekend," said Crutchlow. “I'll try and see how it is from Friday and do the best job I can.

"Jerez is surely one of the toughest circuits to come back and ride at after my crash. It's a really great track, and the crowd are great as well, but really I'm just excited about joining up with the team again and getting back on the bike."

Team-mate Andrea Dovizioso, who claimed a podium in Texas, struggled to ninth place in Argentina and was only eighth at Jerez last year.

"The Jerez circuit is certainly not one of my favourites, especially after last year, when we didn't go very well," he confirmed. "However after the race in Argentina I am trying to look at the positives: even though the result at Termas did not live up to our expectations, we are still fourth in the standings and the championship still has a long way to go. For sure Jerez will be a difficult track for us, but I am happy to be able to get back and race immediately after last Sunday's disappointment."

Test rider Michele Pirro, who replaced Crutchlow in Argentina, will be back on track as a wild-card this weekend.

"For me Argentina was the first race this year and it was a very difficult one, because I was never able to get the right feeling with the bike," said Pirro, who crossed the line just 17th.

"As for Jerez, I can say that it's not one of my favourites but at least I know it well because I've done many races and a lot of testing there. I think with my Test Team bike I'll manage to do a better race and put the disappointing Argentina result behind me."

Tagged as: Ducati , Cal Crutchlow

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