The MotoGP is on vacation, looking forward to getting back into action in August with a double round at the Red Bull Ring (August 8th-15th). While the riders rest and recharge, there are already some doubts the managers have to solve.
And this is the case with team Petronas that, last month, had to give up on Franco Morbidelli, who had to undergo knee surgery after he injured himself during training. The vice-champion of the premier class risks having to sit it out until the end of August, since he as to take an eight-week break, meaning he has to skip the double round in Austria and probably also the Silverstone weekend on August 29th.
With regard to this, Razali has to run for cover, with the aim of finding a replacement. In Assen, the choice fell on Gerloff, but the decision won’t be that simple this time. The American will most likely not be taken into consideration, since he’ll be racing in the Czech Republic on August 8th in the Most stage, on the same date as the MotoGP. Consequently, calling him for the second race in mid-August seems to make little sense on Yamaha’s part.
At this point, they’ll have to try to convince Cal Crutchlow, whose last appearance in a Grand Prix dates back to last November, when he greeted the MotoGP Circus in Portimao on Lucio Cecchinello’s Honda. Recently, the English rider has ridden the Yamaha several times, in order to continue the development of the M1, but competing in a GP and being ready is quite another thing.
Being able to see Cal back on track after so many months, mostly on the Yamaha he rode at the time of the Tech3, is definitely something that the entire MotoGP paddock would appreciate.