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Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of MotoGP promoters Dorna Sports, says his organization will “help to find” a place on the 2021 grid for Britain’s only full-time premier class rider Cal Crutchlow. © Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images Cal Crutchlow, Team LCR Honda Last month Motorsport.com revealed that KTM’s Pol Espargaro would be joining Marc Marquez at the factory Honda squad in 2021, with Alex Marquez set to be moved to LCR with full support from HRC.
Cal Crutchlow has explained the bizarre circumstances of his latest injury misfortune, as he gears up for his first MotoGP race in September this weekend at Barcelona.
Thethrough complications from arm pump surgery after August’s Styrian Grand Prix – a result of having to put more force in his right arm after fracturing his left wrist at Jerez in July.
Jerez 2: Crutchlow wanted to give up and still got three points
Cal Crutchlow fought not only with his injured left hand at the Grand Prix of Andalusia, but above all with problems in his right arm Cal Crutchlow bit his teeth at the Grand Prix of Andalusia in Jerez , the second race of the 2020 MotoGP season, with his wrist injury. The Brit was on the verge of giving up in the course of the race. But then he got on his LCR Honda again to drive to the finish. For this he was rewarded with three World Cup points.
Having had the wound in his warm sewn up again and feeling much better, Crutchlow travelled to Barcelona for this weekend’s Catalan GP and passed his medical test.
While he suffered damage in his ankle when he fell exiting the Catalunya circuit’s COVID-19 test facility, he was subsequently cleared to attempt to ride in Friday’s FP1.
Commenting on what caused his ankle injury, Crutchlow said he fell as the door out of the office he was having his COVID-19 test in had “resistance against it” when he pushed it.
“I pushed the door through the office and the door had no resistance against it,” he said. “So, I sort of stumbled and fell out, but the step was really, really high and I fell over on my ankle.
“I heard the snap and I knew it was either a bone or something. I stood up and started to walk and noticed the ligaments were really damaged.
Crutchlow apologises to LCR Honda for bizarre MotoGP mistake
Cal Crutchlow says a gear change error led him to believe his LCR Honda had developed a problem in the MotoGP Austrian Grand Prix, which meant he “shut off” a perfectly healthy bike. © Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images Cal Crutchlow, Team LCR Honda Crutchlow was running inside the top eight when he suddenly dropped to the back on the pack on lap 14 of the restarted Red Bull Ring Race. The Briton recovered to finish 15th at the chequered flag, and later explained that he fell down the order because he pulled off the racing line when he thought he’d lost drive.
“I went back to the car and called Dr [Xavier] Mir and he said ‘you must be joking?’ As you can imagine, they thought I was a lunatic, but I looked down at the ankle and honestly the size of it was like a gold ball.
“So, I have to go, they shoved a needle inside the joint and took away the blood, but it never went down. I spent the night with the ice unit on the ankle. Now the ankle is still swollen, it’s completely black but it’s not even a quarter of the size of what it was yesterday.”
Asked if this latest run of injuries is a sign from his body to re-evaluate his ambitions to race with Aprilia in 2021, Crutchlow said: “I don’t believe in that, I believe in hard work, dedication and going for it.
“If you’re telling me ‘your body’s telling you to stop, retire, blah, blah, blah’… I don’t see it in that way. I see that you get out what you put in.
"At the moment maybe luck hasn’t been on my side, but hopefully it will turn around soon and I’ll continue to be fast. But what will be will be, that’s what I believe. If I’m able to be competitive, then I will.
"If I have the job I want next year, then I’ll have it. If I don’t, then so be it – that’s life.”
Lorenzo hits back at Crutchlow over test rider comments .
Three-time MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo has hit back at comments Cal Crutchlow made regarding the Spaniard’s role as a Yamaha test rider this year. © Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha Factory Racing Crutchlow will replace Lorenzo next year as Yamaha’s official test rider after signing a deal to return to the Japanese manufacturer earlier this month.