CRUTCHLOW: ‘I NEEDED AN ULTRASOUND ON MY BALLS!’
Cal Crutchlow was lucky to escape serious injury in a crash in the final moments of the Qatar test, after getting caught out by his LCR Honda – and having to undergo some invasive medical testing afterwards!
“The bike went about six foot in the air, and the rear wheel came right down on my bollocks! I had to have an ultrasound on my balls! They’re killing me at the minute, but I’ve got nothing that won’t heal in a few days.
“There was absolutely no reason for the crash though – the same as most of the Honda crashes at the minute. I didn’t brake too deep, have more corner speed, open the throttle any more; it’s just more of a tyre thing right now.”
But despite the crash, Cal was able to come away from the test considerably happier with the state of affairs at Honda after suffering the same difficult winter of testing as the factory bikes.
Running on a similar machine to Marc Marquez as opposed to Dani Pedrosa’s different set-up, Crutchlow was able to benefit in a similar way to Marquez as he improved on the final day.
And despite advocating caution as they move forwards, he told MCN afterwards that he agrees with Marquez’s assessment that there is now light at the end of the tunnel – even if he sees it as further away than the Spaniard.
“From where we were, we seem to have improved a little bit. It’s been tough, for all the Honda riders, and it’s not coming easy to us – we’ve not gained half a second every lap, we’ve gained half a second because we’ve pushed hard for it.
“We’ve confirmed a few things with Honda though, and we can start to
work towards the future. We can’t do too much for the first race, because it’s only a few days away, but it’s likely that we’re going to see things improve through the year.”
‘ They’re killing me at the minute, but I’ve got nothing that won’t heal in
a few days’