Cal Crutchlow is to attempt to race at Silverstone on Sunday. The Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider injured his ankle in a big crash during free practice on Saturday morning at Silverstone, but checks at the medical center and then in hospital in Oxford showed Crutchlow had not broken any bones in his ankle. After having the swelling reduced, Crutchlow was able to put weight on his ankle, getting the all clear from the hospital doctors to attempt to race.
The Englishman faces a second test tomorrow morning, when the Silverstone circuit doctors will again check whether he is able to put enough weight on his ankle to be able to race. If he can manage that, he will be cleared for the race on Sunday.
Below is the press release from the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha team on Crutchlow's condition:
Cal Crutchlow aims to start home race at Silverstone
Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team rider Cal Crutchlow aims to make his British Grand Prix debut at Silverstone tomorrow after escaping injury in a high-speed practice crash this morning.
The 26-year-old fell heavily at the Chapel Curve in the early stages of the final practice session and suffered a painful blow to his left foot and ankle.
After initial checks in the Silverstone Circuit Medical Centre, he was transferred to hospital in Oxford for scans to discover the extent of the damage.
Extensiv e analysis of the scans has revealed the former World Supersport Champion hasn't suffered any fractures and he is already able to put weight on his left foot after doctors reduced the swelling around his heel and ankle.
Crutchlow will undergo a further detailed assessment with Silverstone medics tomorrow morning, but the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team is optimistic that he will be given clearance to start the 20-lap race.
Although Crutchlow was unable to take part in this afternoon's qualifying session, if declared fit then he can start from the back of the grid having posted the eighth quickest time in practice yesterday.
Herve Poncharal – Team Manager:
“We are very optimistic that Cal will be able to participate in t he British Grand Prix tomorrow. The medical staff in Oxford said he should be fine to race and he has no broken bones in the foot or ankle. That is a big relief because Cal was in quite a lot of pain. He will now undertake the necessary checks with the Silverstone medics in the morning, but it looks very positive. We obviously hope he will be able to ride after the disappointment of last year when he was unable to start the race because he was injured. I know what it means for him to race in front of his home crowd, who have given Cal and the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team unbelievable support this weekend.”