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Motosprint: Crutchlow could debut at Estoril if Rossi has operation

The British rider has told Motosprint that “Yamaha has called me to tell me to be prepared if Rossi decides to have his shoulder operation before the end of the season. I would have preferred to have taken my first ride of the M1 in a calmer situation, the plan was to test this month in Japan and then in Valencia after the final GP, but if they need me I’ll be there.”

Rossi is considering surgery after the Japan-Malaysia-Australia leg of the campaign, and could subsequently miss the final two races of the season. If this happens Motosprint says Crutchlow will ride the M1 of the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team, for whom he is signed up for in 2011, with Ben Spies slotting into Rossi’s Fiat Yamaha seat in Portugal and Valencia, a position he takes up permanently next season.

MotoGP, 2010

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