Cal Crutchlow and Alex Rins say they will evaluate their respective fitness levels following Friday practice after being given the green light to compete in this weekend’s Andalucia MortoGP in Jerez.

Though the lion’s share of the attention has been focused on Marc Marquez and his plans to return to action just days after undergoing surgery on his arm, Crutchlow also went under the knife as recently as Tuesday to have a pin inserted into his scaphoid bone following a tumble in Sunday’s warm-up.

While small, the strength of the scaphoid bone in the wrist is particularly important for motorcycle racers, a complication that Crutchlow admits will make things uncomfortable for him when he returns to his LCR Honda for FP1.

“Over the weekend everybody who went into the gravel quite fast broke bones, myself, Marc and Alex. It seems with the deepness of the gravel we were tumbling quite a lot.

“It seems not too bad now, we’ll see tomorrow if I’m able to ride. It won’t be easy, but the professionals that we are, I think we all know the decision will be taken by ourselves and the medical teams about whether we will be able to cope with riding the bike, you don’t know until you get on the bike.

With this in mind, Crutchlow admits he will need to evaluate his fitness once he has been out on the bike to determine his competitiveness.

“We have all passed the fitness test but riding these bikes is a completely different story, we will see how it goes and I look forward to being on track,” he continued.

“It will be difficult everywhere. The scaphoid is one of the worst bones in the body to break, especially when you’re trying to ride one of these bikes around Jerez. It is a really small bone and ‘finickity’ and in such a small space and it will painful in the braking zones.

It’s a view shared by Suzuki’s Alex Rins, who was ruled out of last weekend’s Spanish MotoGP after dislocating and fracturing his shoulder. Though he too has been passed fit to ride on Friday, he says he won’t continue if he doesn’t feel safe to do so.

“Let’s see how it feels on the bike. For sure, I am not 100% and I will feel pain but this is racing. If I feel a lot of pain and I think I am not secure to ride, I will stop.”

 

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