For Cal Crutchlow, the season may already be over. The team LCR rider, crashing during FP2 at Phillip Island, suffered three fractures to his right ankle, specifically to the ankle malleolus and distal tibia. Cal has already undergone surgery in Melbourne, but he will need to be back in the operating room in a few days for a second and definitive operation.
Team manager Lucio Cecchinello explained Crutchlow's conditions: “Dr. Lazarus and the surgery team led by Dr. Edwards – who successfully operated on the right ankle of Dani Pedrosa many years ago – carried out a first procedure. This procedure consisted of a fracture reduction and alignment and external fixation with the use of a cage.”
“A second operation will take place on Wednesday or Thursday - he continued - and will most likely involve inserting three small plates to keep the bone in place and guarantee the best possible recovery. The plan is that he will then be discharged three days after the second operation, which is next weekend. We will be in Malaysia at that time, so Cal will fly home instead and try to recover as quickly as possible. He will be able to start physiotherapy two weeks after the surgery to try and get himself fit as quickly as he can.”
This means that it will be almost impossible to see him on the track in Valencia for the final GP of the season.
As we had already reported, the team has officially announced that Tester Stefan Bradl will be astride Cal's Honda in Sepang.