Cal Crutchlow has been passed fit to race in Sunday's Czech Republic MotoGP after hospital scans ruled out a suspected fractured vertebra.

The LCR Honda rider, winner of last year's grand prix, joined Marc Marquez and Alvaro Bautista in falling at the same turn in the early stages of FP3 at Brno. It appeared that fluid had been dropped by Bautista's bike.

Crutchlow's RCV ended up in an airfence, prompting a red flag for repairs.

Clearly in some discomfort, an initial X-ray at the circuit proved inconclusive and the Englishman opted to continue riding - eventually qualifying as the top satellite rider in fifth before heading to a local hospital for a definitive verdict on the vertebra injury.

"I had to qualify, I didn’t feel anything too bad when I was riding," he said.

"It was an unfortunate situation as myself and Marc (Marquez) were the next two along when there was something on the track and that meant I crashed at more than 150 kilometres an hour.

"I’m sorry for the team; Marc’s bike had two scratches on it and ours barely had two wheels left on it after the crash!

"I’ve felt great all weekend so far. Yesterday we had some problems with the set-up, but I felt we just needed to work in a different area and today I thought we did a really good job.”


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