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MotoGP, Sachsenring in doubt for Crutchlow: a fractured tibia

Cal hurt himself crashing into the gravel while checking his bicycle saddke. Nakagami has ankle ligament damage

MotoGP: Sachsenring in doubt for Crutchlow: a fractured tibia


Team LCR looks like an infirmary right now, Nakagami still in pain after the Assen crash caused by Rossi (he has damaged ligaments in his left ankle) and Crutchlow is worse off, to the extent that he doesn't know if he can race at the Sachsenring.

Cal was caught up in a banal incident while training on his bicycle, but the consequences were serious. Ironically, he wasn't even on the bike when it happened.

it happened at Assen. I got off my bicycle to check the saddle height and I was on rough ground. I knelt down to look and slipped, hitting my knee on the ground. I have broken the upper part of the tibia and have damaged the anterior cruciate ligament”.

Crutchlow doesn't know if he'll be able to race, but he hasn't lost his good humour.

You normally crash when on the bike, not off it, or at least I do - he jokes before turning serious once more - They extracted about 100 ml of liquid and it was black, the MRI confirming the situation. Yesterday morning I couldn't bend the knee, I could only do so once the liquid was extracted but over a race weekend you can't use needles so we can't repeat that operation. Ironic really, as I've run some of my best races injured. I'll see how much I can do”.

Team-mate Takaaki Nakagami is also not fully fit, though his race is not at risk.

“I'm not in the best shape of course but I was lucky because it was a really bad crash- commented the Japanese - I watched the video and understood why everyone was so worried about me. I have no serious injuries, no broken bones, but everything hurts. I have also damaged ligaments in my left ankle and my mobility is terrible”.


Translated by Heather Watson

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