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Qatar MotoGP test: Crutchlow in doubt after big crash

Britain’s Cal Crutchlow may have to wrap up his Qatar MotoGP test a day early after a big crash saw him take a trip to the medical centre.

The LCR Honda man has serious bruising on his right forearm and abrasions on both arms after slipping off at turn two on his 28th lap. Crutchlow will try to ride tomorrow but will have to be assessed in the morning.

“After 27 laps today, unfortunately I crashed at turn two and have a haematoma on my right forearm and abrasions to both arms. As such, we decided to stop the test today because I’m in a fair amount of pain,” said Crutchlow.


“At the time I was unable to move my fingers because the swelling was so significant straight away. Since then we’ve been mainly trying to reduce the swelling in the right forearm and stop it from getting worse.

Hopefully with some rest we can see if we are able to participate in the final day of testing tomorrow.

“Before the incident, we had been working hard to improve the setting of the bike and my feeling with it compared to yesterday. We didn’t really get a chance to finish that work, so hopefully I will be able to ride tomorrow because there are some things we know we can do to improve the feeling, and with it our lap time ahead of the first race.”

Crutchlow, along with the other Honda riders, has been struggling at Losail. The 2020 bike is still not turning the way everyone would like and even Marc Marquez is beginning to sound frustrated.

Yesterday, Crutchlow said he was having to ride like an amateur: “I don’t have a good feeling and I was prevented from going faster. But at the moment, the way you have to ride to stay on the bike is quite amateur.

“You have to ride really slow and it’s like you can’t force the bike at the moment, whether you’re going to be able to stay on it or not. It’s quite strange.

“But the pushing into the corner and the pushing coming out of the corner when you open the throttle is a big problem at the moment for me.”

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