It was a bitter Sunday not only for Marc Marquez, but also for Cal Crutchlow. Following his crash in the early morning warm-up, the British rider had to throw in the towel, ending his weekend early.
The doctors decided to stop him as a precautionary measure, so that the LCR bishop could undergo further checks. In the end, the CT scan carried out at the Jerez Hospital revealed a tiny fracture on his left scaphoid bone.
On Tuesday Crutchlow will undergo surgery in Barcelona, where a fixing pin will be inserted to stabilize the fracture. Should everything go well, we will see him again in action next weekend:
“Unfortunately, this morning in the last lap of the warm-up I crashed going into turn eight. It seemed that when I braked on the kerb, the front of the bike slid and I was unable to save the crash. What was going to be a normal crash escalated when I went into the deep gravel trap and started tumbling, hitting my head quite a few times, particularly my face. I was a bit dazed after the crash, and a bit sore in my whole body, especially my hands. After further assessment at the medical centre I was sent for the CT scan on my head and neck and it all came back fine. With the facial bruising I had, however, Dr. Angel Charté felt I needed eight hours rest, which I think was the right decision.”
Then the situation got complicated: “When I returned to the circuit I began to feel some pain in my left wrist, so went for another scan of the scaphoid, which it seems has been broken in the crash. Dr. Mir will operate on the wrist in Barcelona on Tuesday morning, and I will return to the circuit on Friday and hopefully to action."