CRUTCHLOW READY TO DEFY THE PAIN

A bro­ken hand, a smashed foot and a bat­tered back – but Cal wants to fin­ish his stel­lar sea­son on a high

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport - PRE­VIEW MO­TOGP RE­PORTER si­mon.pat­ter­son@motorcyclenews.com

Dou­ble Mo­togp race win­ner Cal Crutchlow is set to bat­tle through the pain bar­rier this week­end, at the fi­nal round of the 2016 sea­son in Va­len­cia, af­ter a se­ries of nasty crashes last time out in Malaysia left him bat­tered and bruised.

In fact, Crutchlow has been left in even worse shape than he ini­tially ex­pected, af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with a bro­ken bone in his hand fol­low­ing a crash dur­ing Satur­day morn­ing’s free prac­tice ses­sion at the Sepang cir­cuit.

Speak­ing ex­clu­sively to MCN this week, ahead of fly­ing out to Spain for the fi­nal round, the LCR Honda rider ad­mit­ted he’d dis­cov­ered even more in­juries when he re­turned home to the Isle of Man – in­clud­ing a bro­ken foot.

“My foot’s not too bad, but it is f***ing sore! When the Malaysian doc­tors x-rayed it they said, ‘No break, not a prob­lem.’ But on the flight home it was killing me, even with it el­e­vated – when I took my sock off it was black and swollen.

“I went to get it x-rayed when I got back to the Isle of Man, with the sur­geon who’s just re­placed David Knight’s hip. When he took a look, he found that the ball of my foot is in three pieces – it’s to­tally smashed. He didn’t want to op­er­ate on it though,

be­cause that area al­ways get in­fected when you op­er­ate on it, and it’ll heal just as fast with­out surgery.

“He told me to go out cy­cling on it but to just take it easy, and that’s what I’ve been do­ing – along with us­ing the hy­per­baric cham­ber. I couldn’t stand up on the ped­als for the first three days while cy­cling, but for the last three days I have been able to so it’s get­ting back to nor­mal.”

Along with the bro­ken foot, Crutch- low suf­fered a host of other in­juries dur­ing the Malaysian race week­end. He ad­mit­ted that he’d also po­ten­tially suf­fered a con­cus­sion dur­ing the race crash as well, af­ter land­ing face-first from a vi­cious high­side.

“I had a headache for a few days too. I wasn’t knocked out, but I was dazed – I even came back to the wrong pit garage, be­cause I wasn’t re­ally with it. I had some checks on that too though, and they rec­om­mended I also use the hy­per­baric cham­ber to help that out too.

“My back was fine at the time but it’s killing me now, so I need to get that looked at and checked too. My wrist was fine un­til it got cold, then it started to hurt too. I’m a bit bat­tered and bruised, but I’ll be OK.”

But while the 31-year-old might be beaten up ahead of this week­end’s fi­nal race of the sea­son, he says that it’s not go­ing to change his game plan – even if it is go­ing to be a tough week­end for him.

“It doesn’t change any plans – we’re still go­ing to go out, go as hard as pos­si­ble, and see what hap­pens. It’s a tough week­end be­cause ev­ery­one wants to win, and the Span­ish are so fast there. I don’t know why, but it seems they’re able to turn it on there, and no one else has re­ally had too many good re­sults there over the years.

“I re­ally want to beat Dovizioso though, to get that fifth place in the cham­pi­onship, but it’s go­ing to take some luck on our side to do that af­ter I crashed out last time. But the last half of the sea­son has gone well, both in the wet and the dry. We can take some­thing from that and hope it rolls for­ward into next year.”

‘ The ball of my foot is in three pieces – it’s to­tally smashed’ CAL CRUTCHLOW

Cal only found out his foot was badly bro­ken once he’d got home to the Isle of Man Crashes in prac­tice, qual­i­fy­ing and the race at Sepang have left Cal bat­tered If you were feel­ing as smashed up as Cal, you’d want to be ex­cused for look­ing pretty fed up t

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