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German MotoGP: Understeer, 'trapped nerve' hamper Crutchlow

Ducati's Cal Crutchlow ends free practice for the German MotoGP in 13th place after struggling with understeer and pain in his lower back
Cal Crutchlow was troubled by understeer on the Ducati and a trapped nerve in his back as he ended free practice for the German MotoGP in 13th place.

The British rider's best time of 1m 22.757s left him 0.716s off the pace of Aleix Espargaro and 0.033s behind the Pramac Ducati of Yonny Hernandez at the Sachsenring.

Crutchlow said: “As was to be expected today, the Ducati bikes seem to be struggling with understeer, but we are trying hard to resolve the problem. Today me and the guys tried a few different settings but they didn't give the results we hoped for.

“We'll check the data tonight and see what we can do for tomorrow,” he added. “My main concern at the moment is that I probably have a trapped nerve in the bottom of my back.

“I woke up this morning with a pain, I'm unable to walk very well, but on the bike actually it's not so bad and is of little hindrance.”

Crutchlow was only two tenths of a second behind team-mate Andrea Dovizioso in eighth place in FP2.

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July 11, 2014 9:56 PM
Last Edited 95 days ago

My two favorites, in 12th and 13th, both with excuses lined up and ready to rip. It's amazing how many minor physical injuries and bothers get mentioned by the worst performers. MM lands on his neck and says he'll be fine. Cal and BS crack me up, coincidence they are both ready for a sacking? Also, I bet Dovi will be "understeering" to at least a top 7 and Cal won't.


July 11, 2014 6:49 PM

Back problems are an issue. Maybe the doctors can help with that. It either needs to be stretched out, or somehow deadened. A renegade nerve firing off at the wrong time can cause a back spasm. That's not recommended at GP speed... Understeer? On a Ducati? Who'd have thought? Maybe Cal needs to have a chat to Casey Stoner, or Loris Capirossi. Both of them have produced good results at this circuit on understeering Ducatis. Cal needs a result.

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