Cal Crutchlow's Sunday activities at the Qatar MotoGP test came to an early end due to arm injuries, leaving him just 21st on the timesheets.

“After 27 laps today, unfortunately I crashed at turn two and have a haematoma on my right forearm and abrasions to both arms. As such, we decided to stop the test today because I’m in a fair amount of pain," said the LCR Honda rider.

"At the time I was unable to move my fingers because the swelling was so significant straight away. Since then we’ve been mainly trying to reduce the swelling in the right forearm and stop it from getting worse.

"Hopefully with some rest we can see if we are able to participate in the final day of testing tomorrow."

Crutchlow had been only 19th fastest on day one as he continued to seek an improvement in front-end feeling. However, he did not better that time during his shortened Sunday appearance.

“Before the incident, we had been working hard to improve the setting of the bike and my feeling with it compared to yesterday," he said. "We didn’t really get a chance to finish that work, so hopefully I will be able to ride tomorrow because there are some things we know we can do to improve the feeling, and with it our lap time ahead of the first race.”

Team-mate Takaaki Nakagami, riding the 2019 spec RC213V, was the top Honda rider in 10th place on day two.

World champion Marc Marquez was 14th, having also suffered a fall, with younger brother and MotoGP rookie Alex in 19th.

 

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