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Crutchlow: ‘Plate removed and shoulder fixed’

"Collarbone plate removed and shoulder fixed" - Cal Crutchlow.
New LCR Honda MotoGP rider Cal Crutchlow underwent planned surgery on his shoulder last Friday.

The purpose of the operation - revealed by Crutchlow in September - was to remove a metal plate inserted into his broken collarbone at Silverstone 2011 and address arthritis issues the Englishman has suffered in recent seasons.

“I don't want to leave [the plate] in too long because then it really gets stuck to the bone,” Crutchlow said at Misano. “Hopefully they can [also] clear the arthritis up a little bit and see if that's better. It's not a major operation and I should be back on a motorbike within four weeks. So at least I can do something during the winter.”

Crutchlow, who set the eighth fastest lap time (+0.872s) on his RCV debut at Valencia last week, has until February's Sepang MotoGP tests to regain full fitness.

LCR will be Crutchlow's third different team, and brand of bike, in as many seasons.

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November 17, 2014 11:54 AM

Lets hope that Crutchlow arrives at the first race for LCR in the best possible shape and doesn't bang himself about in pre-season cycling or testing. We need a CC in his best possible shape to see how he goes on that Satellite Honda. If the bike and electronics setup is good enough, then I think that CC is in with a real shot of achieving his realistic WC position in 2015 (5th). The biggest threats IMO to the top non-factory Yamaha and Honda spot has to be the as yet unknown and eagerly awaited Gigi masterminded 2015 Desmosedici, (as both Dovi and Crazy Joe are strong enough if the package is), and the Tech 3 boys. The fight for 5th through 10th is where the action will be in 2015 I feel sure, and CC is one of the potential main protaganists I think.


November 18, 2014 10:13 AM

TF2: If the bike and electronics setup is good enough, then I think that CC is in with a real shot of achieving his realistic WC position in 2015 (5th).
No, if HE, is good enough !!! For a start he ain't no alien, he's in the 5 to 10 range as you said. Don't flower it over. Some people are better than others,didn't you learn that at school ? Or are you young and taught everyone is a winner and gets a trophy ???
It is both. CC's performances suggest he has the pace, but like them all he needs a package good enough, and then its down to him to use it. Don't forget the 'aliens' all have the very best packages in the field, and 10+ times the data solutions to optimise them. So while I agree they are brilliant riders, their performances get enhanced by the ride they have as well. I've been around a long time. Doubtless longer than you, and was from watching from the Sheene & Roberts era onwards.

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