Updated: Crutchlow Declared Unfit After Arm Op Goes Awry

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After this morning’s medical check, LCR Honda CASTROL rider Cal Crutchlow has been declared unfit for this weekend’s Gran Prix Lenovo di San Marino e Della Riviera di Rimini due to secondary side effects following the surgery on his forearm.



Cal Crutchlow will take no further part in this weekend’s San Marino Grand Prix after being declared unfit to race due to his arm injury. The LCR Honda CASTROL rider is suffering from secondary side effects, with his right forearm not having healed as hoped following further surgery after last month’s Styrian GP.

The Briton was able to compete on Friday and produced some positive moments, including finishing eighth in FP1. However, his arm was severely swollen after the free practice sessions with fluid once again building up in the affected area. Having consulted with doctors on Saturday morning, it was decided he would withdraw from both this and next weekend’s races in Misano, with the aim of returning in Barcelona in a fortnight.

Cal Crutchlow – DNS

“After yesterday I actually felt quite good riding the bike, I had no particular pain in my arm. But unfortunately the arm was swollen after riding and the fluid build-up was a lot after the session so the doctors reviewed it this morning and declared me unfit to ride, with the reason being the risk of infection with the hole being open in my arm. You can see the muscle and touch the muscle through it and the fluid build-up is not coming out, we don’t want to start draining the arm all the time because I’ll be draining it all day. So along with Alberto (Puig) and Lucio (Cecchinello) the decision was made and I think the correct decision to rest and try to see whether we can come back in Barcelona in two weeks’ time.”

Lucio Cecchinello
“Obviously, we’re sad Cal won’t be able to compete here at Misano this weekend and next. On the other hand, we fully understand the priority to preserve at the best our rider’s health therefore we agree with the decision of the MotoGP Medical Director, Doctor Angel Charte to let Cal’s arm rest properly for the next two weeks. We hope to be back on track with Cal in two weeks at the Catalunya Grand Prix.”

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