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.
Given the severity of the injury and the complications in his shoulder, Crutchlow's return for Assen is as yet uncertain. Crutchlow is still in a lot of pain, according to the press release, and with less than a week to go until racing resumes at Assen, he has little time for recovery. A decision will likely be made a day or so before the event is due to begin. In the event that Crutchlow does not ride, he is unlikely to be replaced, the list of available riders with the necessary experience being very short indeed.
Below is the press release from the Yamaha press office:
Cal Crutchlow recovering after successful surgery
Cal Crutchlow has undergone successful surgery on the broken left collarbone he suffered during last weekend's British Grand Prix.
The 25-year-old had a titanium plate and several screws inserted in the shoulder in an operation carried out by specialist surgeon Doctor David Clark at the Royal Derby Hospital. The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team rider broke his left collarbone in five places in a high-speed accident during qualifying for his home race at the Silverstone circuit.
Surgery on the damaged collarbone was delayed while Crutchlow was assessed for a neck injury suffered in the crash. Initial checks at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford showed a suspected non-displacement fract ure of his C2 vertebrae. But CAT scans showed no damage to his neck, and he was immediately transferred to the Royal Derby Hospital for surgery on his left collarbone.
Crutchlow has already started the recovery process with intensive physiotherapy, but it is too early to know whether the 2009 World Supersport Champion will be fit to participate in the Dutch Grand Prix at the historic Assen circuit next weekend.
Further information on Crutchlow's recovery will be made available in the next few days.
"The operation on my collarbone was a success and the doctors seems really happy with the outcome. But I am still in a lot of pain. Unfortunately, the break is a lot worse than the one my team-mate Colin Edwards had in Catalunya and I've got different pain and movement levels. And I've spent two days lying on my back with a suspected neck injury, so my shoulder just got swollen. I am not very happy that this happened to me in my home race at Silverstone when things were going really well for the weekend. I don't know if I will ride in Assen. We will have to wait and see, but I'll be trying 100 per cent to be there if I can."