Author: Oli Rushby Posted: 31 May 2015
Cal Crutchlow has dislocated his ankle in a fast crash during today’s Italian Grand Prix.
The British rider crashed out of fifth place with just three laps to go in today’s race, catching his leg under his stricken Honda and dislocating his right ankle.
Until that point, he’d ridden a strong race and was in a tense battle with compatriot Bradley Smith for the position of top satellite bike. However, as his tyre dropped off in the closing stages he tucked the front at the fast Arrabiata 1 turn.
“Unfortunately we had the hard front tyre and it wasn’t turning the bike very well but overall we weren’t so far off the factory guys”, said Crutchlow after the race. “I think with the right setting we could have been higher. The front tyre failed me in the end and tucked under in Arrabbiata 1, which is a very fast corner.
“My foot got caught in the back of the bike which dislocated my ankle. I’m in a lot of pain with this incredible swelling in the outside of the right ankle. We’ll have to monitor the situation from now but I got the right treatment from the doctors at the circuit and also the Clinica Mobile. So obviously I’m really disappointed. It was a good race and a good showing and you know Honda are working very hard for us to improve. We need to come back in Barcelona hopefully stronger again.”
It wasn’t Crutchlow’s first crash of the weekend either, he went down heavily in the closing moments of morning warm-up, banging his head and hurting his hand.
“I’m very disappointed for the whole team”, he continued. “We made what I thought was a good weekend up until the race. This morning I had a crash on the white line in the warm up. It was a very heavy crash and I hit my head many times. I had a big contusion to the hand so even to be racing in the condition I was in was good. To be in the position I was in was what I thought was a really good showing considering the injuries I had.”
World Champion Marc Marquez suffered a similar crash at Turn 4, losing the front after having to spend the entire race riding on his front tyre to avoid problems with the rear of his RC213V on corner entry.