Determined Crutchlow unfazed by heavy crash

Crutchlow race participation in doubt
Saturday, 18 May 2013

Cal Crutchlow will undergo a further medical examination on Sunday morning to decide whether or not he is able to race at Le Mans. The Monster Energy Tech 3 rider crashed on the exit of La Chapelle corner during Saturday’s final practice session.

After taking part in qualifying and achieving the fourth best grid spot, the Englishman later returned to the Medical Centre for treatment and it was confirmed that he had suffered a fracture to the tibial plateau at the top of the shin, which affects the overall stability and motion of the knee.

“It is a very small fracture, but it could cause bother,” explained a doctor from the Clinica Mobile. “Tomorrow he could be able to race, but the knee could swell up overnight and that would be a problem.”

Later in the evening, motogp.com caught up with Crutchlow in the paddock.

“Obviously I’m very sore, but the team did a great job to get me back out there and I need to thank them because they have to rebuild the bike this evening,” he began. “I made a stupid mistake. I went out with a different setting on the bike and, instead of taking one lap to get used to it, I went for my usual lap; we had changed something in one area, the tyre wasn’t up to usual temperature and I crashed.

“This crash hurt. There’s not many crashes I normally get up from and say, ‘That really hurt,’ but this one did. I have a small fracture to the top of my shin bone, on the side of my knee, and that’s very painful. We also have some bruising inside the stomach because I was coughing some blood and had a big nosebleed…but it’s normal because we race motorcycles. At least we managed to go back out and be fast. I was not expecting to be so fast after that crash, but I’m happy and I’m looking forward to the race tomorrow.”

Acknowledging that he will need to return to the Medical Centre in the morning, the Coventry rider is not expecting to be denied approval to race.

“I rode straight away after (the crash) so I’m sure there is no problem,” the 27-year-old began to sum up. “The main concern is that I may have some pain again internally, so we will assess the situation in the morning but I’m fine. The bleeding from my mouth and nose has stopped now, so I can look forward to the race and hopefully we can do a good job. I will just have some dinner now and rest for this evening and then hopefully try and do a good job.

After Crutchlow’s check-up in the Medical Centre at 8:30am local time (GMT +2) on Sunday, he was declared fit to race in the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France.

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