Cal Crutchlow will fly to San Diego on Monday to have his hand injury checked by a specialist, but the Englishman is expected to be fit for the next MotoGP round in Argentina.

Making his second race start for Ducati, Crutchlow rose as high as fourth in the early stages of Sunday's Grand Prix of the Americas, but then suffered a strong vibration and pitted for a tyre change.

Shortly afterwards the Englishman was thrown from his Desmosedici at turn two, injuring his right hand. A fracture was initially feared but medical centre checks diagnosed a dislocated little finger, together with some bruising.

"I was very optimistic, but unfortunately I had a problem with the rear tyre of the bike immediately from lap one, there were some very big vibrations and it was becoming worse so I thought it was better to pit and change the tyre," said Cructhlow.

"Because we were not even at half-distance, the team made the decision to put the soft rear tyre in and I took benefit from that but I was never going to get any points.

"I remember hitting a bump on the track that upset the bike. It was a fast corner and seemed like it was just going to be a normal crash, but I got caught up with the bike and it ended up highsiding me.

"I really hit my hand so hard that I dislocated the finger and the swelling of the hand was so bad that I couldn't see the problem. I'm sorry for the team, but very pleased for Andrea [Dovizioso] to be on the podium after all the hard work the guys in Ducati Corse have put in over the winter."

Ducat Corse general manager Gigi Dall'Igna expects Crutchlow to be fit for MotoGP's return to Argentina: "Luckily it seems that the condition of Cal's right hand is not too serious and he should be OK for the next race in Argentina in a couple of weeks' time."



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