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LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow rode through the pain barrier to claim a place on the second row for the Czech GP, qualifiying in fifth position despite a crash into the trackside air-fence after skidding on fluid from another bike in FP3. The LCR rider had an initial X-ray at the circuit that proved inconclusive and opted to continue riding, then taking P5 on the grid.
Crutchlow headed straight for hospital after qualifying to get a definitive verdict on a possible vertebrae injury and was given good news as a scan revealed no fracture, meaning he will be able to line up in Sunday’s race.
Cal Crutchlow, P5: “I had to qualify, I didn’t feel anything too bad when I was riding. Of course, I had some pain from this morning’s crash, but as we know it was an unfortunate situation as myself and Marc (Marquez) were the next two along when there was something on the track and that meant I crashed at more than 150 kilometres an hour. I’m sorry for the team as Marc’s bike had two scratches on it and ours barely had two wheels left on it after the crash! I feel good, in fact I’ve felt great all weekend so far. Yesterday we had some problems with the set up, but I felt we just needed to work in a different area and today I thought we did a really good job.”
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