‘Lucy thought I was dying, then I finished second’
Cal Crutchlow on the horror of racing injured
“I raced at Silverstone in 2012 with a busted ankle, but that wasn’t the worst. I shouldn’t have raced at Mugello in 2015, that’s for sure. I’d absolutely KO’D myself in morning warm-up, so I could hardly see in the first three laps of the race. Honestly, it wasn’t great. I’d also broken a scaphoid in the crash, but I never told anyone because I needed to race and I wanted to race. I crashed three laps from the end, nothing to do with the concussion, and dislocated an ankle.
“The worst was Sachsenring in 2013. I was a mess. Honestly, if you’d seen me! That was another time I shouldn’t have raced. When I crashed in FP2 [at the notorious turn 11] there was so much blood that they loaded me with morphine. I was completely out of it. When I got up on Saturday morning I ended up flat on my back in the motorhome, pissing all over myself, with Lucy [now Mrs Crutchlow] screaming because she thought I was dying. Then I went out, qualified second and the next day nearly won the race [he finished 1.5 seconds behind winner Marc Marquez]. But I had no feeling in my right arm.”
‘I’d broken my scaphoid but I didn’t tell anyone’