CRUTCHLOW: ‘I NEEDED AN UL­TRA­SOUND ON MY BALLS!’

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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

CAL CRUTCHLOW

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’

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