Cal Crutchlow, one of three riders to undergo surgery during the extended break between rounds two and three of the MotoGP World Championship, is fit and ready to get back on track at Estoril this weekend.

With the Japanese round postponed until October, MotoGP rookie Crutchlow sought treatment for 'arm-pump' numbness after the Spanish Grand Prix - a wet race that saw the Englishman fall while chasing a shot at the podium.

Crutchlow hadn't raced at Jerez before the grand prix - a situation that will be repeated this weekend in Portugal.

"I am looking forward to Portugal," said the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider. "This is a new circuit for me and it will be difficult once again as the others know this track already and have a lot more experience on it than me.

"I hope I can learn this circuit as fast as Jerez where I was quickly up to speed and I qualified inside the top ten.

"My arm is getting better and better after the surgery that was done to get rid of the numbness I felt during Qatar and Jerez.

"The stitches are out already, but I haven't tried to ride a bike yet, so I'll understand more on Friday when practice starts."

Despite his Jerez fall, Crutchlow rejoined to finish eighth and is ninth in the world championship standings.

The other riders to undergo surgery after Spain were Dani Pedrosa (shoulder plate removed) and Randy de Puniet (screw in leg removed).



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