Cal Crutchlow can't hide his concern about his right arm that was operated on just a couple of weeks ago to resolve a compartment syndrome. Yesterday he said he didn't know what to expect once on the bike and his first impressions are not comforting.
"It's not good," he admitted after the two free practice sessions at Misano. "The problem is I have a lot of fluid in my arm, and this makes it swell a lot. I don't feel that bad on the bike, but every time I extend my arm, it gets worse. I'm not in a good situation. The doctors are worried."
At this point, the LCR teamrider just has to wait and see if he can keep racing this weekend.
"I talked to the doctors after the practice sessions, and I'll do it again tomorrow morning. That's the plan," he continued. "I need to rest. My arm has clearly not healed yet. We have to figure out what the best thing to do is. We'll see what the situation will be tomorrow."
The positive aspect is that Cal has no problem riding.
"I can control the bike well. I don't lose my strength," he ensured. "But it's not normal to have such a large arm. The liquid continues to form and doesn't come out. I'll see what the doctors say."
Then he talked about the new asphalt in Misano, which was criticized by many riders because of the holes.
"It has a much better grip than last year, but the holes are a disaster, especially at Turn 3," was his opinion.