Cal Crutchlow

Crutchlow To Try To Race At Assen

Cal Crutchlow will attempt to race at Assen. The Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider announced on his Twitter feed that he will test his condition during practice on Thursday, and decide whether to race or not based on how well his injured collarbone holds up.

Crutchlow broke his collarbone in a crash on cold tires at Silverstone last weekend, snapping the bone into several pieces. The Englishman then had to wait until tests on suspected fractured vertebrae in his neck showed no damage, delaying having his collarbone plated for several days. Crutchlow's main problem is the pain in his shoulder, caused by leaving the collarbone unoperated and immobilized, but Crutchlow's tweet would seem to suggest that this has subsided sufficiently for him to try to ride in Assen.

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Crutchlow Has Surgery To Fix Collarbone, Assen Still Uncertain

The collarbone woes of the MotoGP paddock are on the mend. After Dani Pedrosa at Le Mans and Colin Edwards at Catalunya, Cal Crutchlow broke his collarbone during qualifying at Silverstone, crashing on cold tires and falling heavily on his shoulder. On Wednesday, Crutchlow finally underwent surgery to have his collarbone plated and fixed, after having been forced to wait while doctors examined a neck injury also caused by the fall. Doctors had suspected a fractured vertebra in his neck, but once CT scans shown no damage to the region, Crutchlow immediate went under the knife to have his collarbone plated.

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2011 Silverstone MotoGP Sunday Round Up: On Colorful Language, And Beating Stoner

There's an old racing cliché that says that rain is a great leveler. It turned out to be so in more ways than one at Silverstone, with several key players finding themselves on the floor in the utterly miserable conditions on race day. The most important faller was Jorge Lorenzo, the Spaniard crashing out for the first time since Phillip Island 2009 and gifting the lead in the MotoGP championship to the winner, Casey Stoner. Lorenzo's DNF put an end to an astonishing streak of 25 races in which the reigning World Champion finished in the top 4, most of which have been on the podium, and 10 times on the top step. Consistency won Lorenzo the 2010 title, yet it was his consistency that failed him on Sunday.

So why did Lorenzo take a risk and crash out? Speaking to the press after the race, he explained that he knew he was faster than Dovizioso at that point in the race, and believed he had the pace to run with Casey Stoner. So he pushed hard to get past Dovi, and he paid the price, going down in the first corner.

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2011 Silverstone MotoGP Friday Round Up: Stopping Casey, And Selling Jorge

We're in England, so naturally, all the talk is of the weather. The morning saw all three classes get in a completely dry session, but the rain which had been threatening all day finally fell in the first few minutes of the 125cc session. It rained properly, wetting the track completely, and then promptly stopped. That left the MotoGP riders on a track that was progressively drying, but oddly, only in the second half of the circuit, making for very tricky conditions.

Tricky or not, morning or afternoon, wet or dry, Casey Stoner was fastest, and by an embarrassing amount. The Repsol Honda rider was over six tenths quicker in the morning, then put in a final blitz in the afternoon to put eight tenths on the man in 2nd place, Marco Simoncelli. If you need an illustration of just how great Stoner's domination is, you need only look at the final sector times. While the Australian is either a little bit faster or just a little bit slower than the rest through the first three sectors of the track, his advantage in the final sector - from Chapel through Stowe, Vale and Club over the line - is eight tenths of a second, a huge gap in a forty second section.

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