Crutchlow’s Reality Check: Crashing = Bad

Maybe you’re getting an idea that the accepted norm in MotoGP, what it takes to win, is to push the bike over the absolute limits of adhesion, crash the motorcycle and then note where the limit is and don’t surpass it.


The only rider that method seems to work successfully for is current MotoGP dynamo Marc Marquez. For everyone else the rule of sanity still applies. Marc Marquez can crash at every track on the MotoGP calendar and remain the picture of health. Today’s late session crash for Cal Crutchlow, which resulted in a serious ankle/leg break, Pol Espargaro’s frequent crashes this season which left him with a broken back or neck, and Jorge Lorenzo’s dumb turn one crash coupled with his mechanical failure crash all underline the rule of reason and sanity: don’t crash. If you can avoid it, avoid it.

Bad things can happen even in seemingly slow and harmless falls.

Only one rider can crash 25 times a season and still win the title.


LCR Crutchlow update:

LCR Honda CASTROL rider Cal Crutchlow will sit out the remainder of the Australian Grand Prix after sustaining a broken ankle in FP2 on Friday. The Briton headed into the event at Phillip Island in great form having claimed second place in HRC’s home race at Motegi last time out.

Crutchlow started well at the iconic Melbourne circuit and was fifth fastest in the morning session. However, he suffered a heavy fall at turn one with 15 minutes of FP2 remaining which resulted in a fracture of his right ankle involving both malleoulus and distal tibia. After being seen by medics at the track, the 32-year-old was taken to Melbourne Alfred City Hospital where he will undergo surgery to correct the injury.

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