Crutchlow ‘in a lot of pain’ after MotoGP practice crash in Thailand
The British rider was aiming for an attacking lap against the clock in the final stages of FP2 at Buriram when he was kicked off his Yamaha at turn 7 right.
He landed hard and limped off, with Crutchlow later having X-rays of his right ankle, which revealed no fractures – although he is suspicious it could just be the result of the swelling he is experiencing in this moment.
Crutchlow finished the day 12th overall and says there is “no excuse” for his crash as it was simply the result he took advantage of the good feeling he had on the M1.
“Obviously today wasn’t an ideal day, ending the day with x-rays of my right ankle which I badly broke a few years ago,” said Crutchlow, who broke his ankle in a quick crash at Phillip Island in 2018.
“I have quite severe pain in my ankle. X-rays are negative, but it could also be the swelling in my ankle right now.
“But it feels a little different from where I broke it before.
“So we have to keep trying to rest, ice the ankle and see how it is.
Cal Crutchlow, RNF MotoGP Racing
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“But I felt very good today on the bike. In FP1, as we were pushing for the lap time, I made a mistake on the lap which would have meant I was in the top 10.
“In the afternoon, I went to check the lap time, there is no excuse. I was pushing because I felt good with the bike.
“Unfortunately, I had too much angle with too much throttle. And that’s what happens when you ride a MotoGP bike and push.
Crutchlow added that he believed he could challenge for another strong position this weekend, if he was fit to ride, after scoring points in his two outings with RNF as a substitute for retired Andrea Dovizioso until ‘now.
“Honestly speaking, though, I feel good, I feel like my pace is really good,” Crutchlow noted.
“I could fight again this weekend for a good position.
“The problem now is that we have to see the extent of the injuries, because I have injuries in my elbows and back and most of my body. But we will see.