Marc Marquez won't be the only injured Honda MotoGP rider undergoing surgery in Barcelona on Tuesday.

LCR's Cal Crutchlow suffered a heavy fall at the end of morning warm-up and, having hit his head and neck, was sent for a precautionary CAT scan at a nearby hospital.

While the scan proved negative, the MotoGP Medical Team decided that for safety reasons the Briton should rest for a minimum of eight hours, ruling him out of the race.

“Unfortunately this morning in the last lap of the warm-up I crashed going into turn eight," Crutchlow said. "It seemed that when I braked on the kerb, the front of the bike slid and I was unable to save the crash.

"What was going to be a normal crash escalated when I went into the deep gravel trap and started tumbling, hitting my head quite a few times, particularly my face. I was a bit dazed after the crash, and a bit sore in my whole body, especially my hands.

“After further assessment at the medical centre I was sent for the CT scan on my head and neck and it all came back fine. With the facial bruising I had, however, Dr. Angel Charté felt I needed eight hours rest, which I think was the right decision."

But that wasn't the end of the matter.

Feeling increasing pain in his left wrist, Crutchlow returned to hospital, where a tiny fracture to the scaphoid bone in his left wrist was discovered.

As a result, the Englishman will undergo arthroscopic surgery to insert a small pin. Should all go as planned, Crutchlow is expected to take part in next weekend's Andalusian GP at the same circuit.

“When I returned to the circuit I began to feel some pain in my left wrist, so went for another scan of the scaphoid, which it seems has been broken in the crash," Crutchlow confirmed.

"Dr. Mir will operate on the wrist in Barcelona on Tuesday morning, and I will return to the circuit on Friday and hopefully to action. I look forward to seeing the LCR Honda Castrol Team there, and hopefully to work hard with them again next weekend.”

World champion Marquez is also due to undergo surgery in Barcelona on Tuesday, after suffering a broken arm in Sunday's race.

Free practice for the Andalusian Grand Prix starts on Friday morning.

 

Comments

Loading Comments...