Crutchlow battles through the pain barrier in Jerez

24 July 2020 - Latest news
Crutchlow battles through the pain barrier in Jerez

For the second week running, the Jerez Circuit welcomed the MotoGP class as the revised 2020 World Championship continued with the Andalusian Grand Prix. Despite having surgery on a fractured wrist earlier in the week, LCR Honda CASTROL rider Cal Crutchlow took part as free practice got underway after being declared fit to compete on Thursday.

The Briton required an operation on his left scaphoid on Tuesday, but rode through the pain barrier today in the sport’s first-ever back-to-back event at the same venue. Unsurprisingly, Crutchlow was unable to find his best form due to the injury, but remained competitive as he finished 20th in FP1 before improving in the afternoon session to claim 19th spot. That secured him 20th spot in the combined times, but the 34-year-old was just pleased to be able to compete once again.

Cal Crutchlow – 20th (1’38.847)
“It was good to get back on track today with not a bad feeling on the bike to be honest. The team and Honda were very relaxed with me this weekend to see if I could ride. I showed it’s possible to ride the bike, although the feeling is a little strange. I don’t have so much pain in the wrist and when I do I just try to ride around it as best as possible. I feel the condition of me on the bike is not superb after the crash last week, but we’ll continue to work over the weekend to make me a little bit more comfortable. The surgeon, Dr Mir, has done a good job and, along with me keeping ice on the wrist over the weekend to keep the inflammation down, I’ll grit my teeth and try to do my best possible on the bike.”

Results FP2 :

PosRiderTeamFastest lap
1Takaaki NAKAGAMILCR Honda IDEMITSU1’37.715
2Johann ZARCOHublot Reale Avintia1’37.870
3Pol ESPARGARORed Bull KTM Factory Racing1’37.889
4Franco MORBIDELLIPetronas Yamaha SRT1’38.010
5Maverick VIÑALESMonster Energy Yamaha MotoGP1’38.107
6Fabio QUARTARAROPetronas Yamaha SRT1’38.132
7Joan MIRTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1’38.144
8Valentino ROSSIMonster Energy Yamaha MotoGP1’38.292
9Francesco BAGNAIAPramac Racing1’38.309
10Jack MILLERPramac Racing1’38.385
11Brad BINDERRed Bull KTM Factory Racing1’38.441
12Andrea DOVIZIOSODucati Team1’38.442
13Danilo PETRUCCIDucati Team1’38.543
14Tito RABATHublot Reale Avintia1’38.557
15Miguel OLIVEIRARed Bull KTM Tech 31’38.642
16Aleix ESPARGAROAprilia Racing Team Gresini1’38.722
17Iker LECUONARed Bull KTM Tech 31’38.768
18Alex MARQUEZRepsol Honda Team1’38.806
20Alex RINSTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1’39.101
21Bradley SMITHAprilia Racing Team Gresini1’39.476