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
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