Crutchlow injury curse strikes again on eve of British MotoGP
22:53 GMT, 16 June 2012
Cal Crutchlow will have further medical checks on an ankle injury on Sunday morning to decide if he can ride through the pain in the British MotoGP.
The 26-year-old from Coventry missed last year's race after breaking his left collarbone and the curse struck again on Saturday when he suffered a sprained left ankle following a high-speed crash in practice.
Ankle injury: Cal Crutchlow facing fitness battle
Britain's leading MotoGP rider was
unable to take part in qualifying, which means he would start the 20-lap
race from the back of the grid if he competes.
Crutchlow, fifth in the standings with four top-five places, had hoped to claim a maiden podium.
Team manager Herve Poncharal said:
'I'm really sorry for Cal, but even more sorry for the crowd. There is a
spell on British riders.'
Alvaro Bautista took a surprise first MotoGP pole position in the rain-affected qualifying session.
Despite the blow Crutchlow and his team are confident he will be cleared to race by medics at the circuit.
Scans revealed there was no break and he is already able to put weight on his left foot after doctors reduced the swelling around his heel and ankle.
Yamaha Tech 3 manager Herve Poncharal said: ‘We are very optimistic that Cal will be able to participate. We obviously hope he will be able to ride after the disappointment of last year when he was unable to start the race because he was injured. I know what it means for him to race in front of his home crowd.’