‘Lucy thought I was dy­ing, then I fin­ished sec­ond’

Cal Crutchlow on the hor­ror of rac­ing in­jured

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“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’

Crutchlow, by his own ad­mis­sion, is a se­rial crasher

Ar­gen­tinian GP, 2016: Crutchlow and Aleix Es­par­garo race to get back on

Cal is strapped up on the grid and ready to ride through the pain bar­rier 2014’s Ger­man GP week­end was sim­i­larly painful for the Bri­tish rider

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