Cal Crutchlow To Miss Argentinian MotoGP Round, Pirro To Substitute

Cal Crutchlow is to miss the Argentinian round of MotoGP at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit. The Factory Ducati rider is still recovering from surgery on the hand he injured during the race at Austin, and is not yet fit enough to race. Crutchlow will be replaced by Ducati test rider Michele Pirro in Argentina.

After his crash at Austin, Crutchlow was originally diagnosed with just a dislocated little finger on his right hand. However, when the swelling on the hand refused to subside, Crutchlow went in for further scans on his right hand in California. There it was found that the finger was still dislocated and was also broken. Crutchlow had surgery to insert a  pin into the broken bone to stabilize it. Despite that operation, the 28-year-old Englishman's hand is still swollen, and is in too much pain for him to be competitive. Instead, Crutchlow will fly home to the Isle of Man to continue his recovery, and will prepare for his return at Jerez.

In a press release issued today by the Factory Ducati team, Crutchlow was quoted as saying 'I am very sad to let the team down like this because I was really looking forward to racing in Argentina. On Tuesday I had some scans on my hand and we saw that my finger was still dislocated from the crash and also broken so Dr. Chao decided to put a pin in to stabilize it. Unfortunately I'm still feeling too much pain in my right hand, my knuckles are the most painful part and I'm not in condition to race this weekend. Now I'm going back to the UK to continue treatment and try and get ready for the race at Jerez.'

Cal Crutchlow is to miss the Argentinian round of MotoGP at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit. The Factory Ducati rider is still recovering from surgery on the hand he injured during the race at Austin, and is not yet fit enough to race. Crutchlow will be replaced by Ducati test rider Michele Pirro in Argentina.After his crash at Austin, Crutchlow was originally diagnosed with just a dislocated little finger on his right hand. However, when the swelling on the hand refused to subside, Crutchlow went in for further scans on his right hand in California. There it was found that the finger was still dislocated and was also broken. Crutchlow had surgery to insert a  pin into the broken bone to stabilize it. Despite that operation, the 28-year-old Englishman's hand is still swollen, and is in too much pain for him to be competitive. Instead, Crutchlow will fly home to the Isle of Man to continue his recovery, and will prepare for his return at Jerez.

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A note for Cal

Get well soon Cal, but the Isle of Man is not actually part of the UK.

:D

Total votes: 20

Jumping to conclusions?

This question may be a bit premature, but is this the beginning of the "Spiesification" of Cal Crutchlow?

1) move to Ducati after several years of near-competitive riding for Yamaha
2) have difficulty adapting to the Ducati
3) sustain a series of injuries that eventually lead to retirement

I don't know if anyone could ever amass the string of bad luck that hit Ben Spies beginning with has last year at Yamaha (talk about snake-bitten!), but Crutchlow's first two races on the Duc and his current injury taking him out of Argentina seems like ominous dark clouds if you think of the potential parallels with Spies.

Just some grist for the mill...

Total votes: 40

At least he's being paid well, but...

Let's hope that's not the case. I'll be pissed.

Total votes: 22

Really sad

One of my favourite riders .... and yet I hope Ditchman to be wrong :)
But it doesn't look promising.

Total votes: 21

I suspect...

...were he still riding a Yamaha or able to fight for decent results his poorly finger would not keep him from racing.

Total votes: 22

Yes...

I did also wonder when I read the press release whether the magnitude of his disappointment at missing a race (particularly one "in the middle of no-where" as it has been put) may be less this year when he looks to have no hope of getting within swinging distance of the podium. It was a sad day when he signed up for Ducati. I realise that it may have "set him up for life", but it is sad to watch a rider who bristled with desire and determination to be on the podium, and maybe even harboured quietly kept hopes of being world champ, slowly lose all of that. Not that this has happened yet, but I guess this is what we are waiting for, after watching what happened to Rossi.

Here's hoping that Gigi is the saviour they so desperately need.

Total votes: 17

money talks

At 28 Cal doesn't have too many more chances at being a front runner in MotoGP especially when you consider MM, JL, DP. (and VR on a good day with a good bike, tyres, and smiling gods) but the contract he took from Big Red sets him and the Mrs up for life. He knew he was climbing aboard a donkey that kicks, but the waving chequebook hypnotises... in one way it is good as EsP gets his ride (which he thoroughly deserves) but I am already missing the competitive Cal Crutchlow. I loved it when he was charging that Tech3 so hard he'd clip Marc's rear wheel and Marc laughed with him about it afterwards. Sadly I think those days are going to be very hard for him to recapture aboard the Ducati and he'll be 30'ish when he can escape the kiss of death.

I think it is a great shame that we never saw Cal on the Factory M1. Get well soon Cal!

Total votes: 17

Geography

IOM not in the UK???? Yes it's an island but aren't you getting it confused with the Falklands? ;p

Total votes: 22

Check it yourself

" The Isle of Man is not part of the United Kingdom but rather is a crown possession (since 1828) that is self-governing in its internal affairs under the supervision of the British Home Office."

Source: Encyclopaedia Brittanica
http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/361043/Isle-of-Man
Good enough for ya?

Cal is just one of many cashed up new chums who have recently moved to the Isle for tax reasons and would most likely be lynched by an old-school Manxman for saying what he did. They are independent and proud of the fact. :)

Total votes: 15

MC relevance

The statement by Cal jarred because of the well-known and oft-repeated story surrounding the TT there. The IoM TT was established due to the possibility of using the roads at race speeds thanks to their self-governance - independent from the UK which had placed blanket speed limits of 20mph on all uk roads. The difference remains to this day, with roads outside the villages not normally speed restricted.

Total votes: 9

Doctors?

I'm heading for the Argentina race now, and disappointed Cal won't be there.

With all the medical staff attending MotoGP riders, and the importance of getting injuries fixed quickly, it's hard to understand how a dislocated and broken finger could be missed. Presumably if this have been taken care of the day after Austin rather than a week later, Cal would have been able to race?

I know trauma and swelling around an injury site can make treatment tricky, but competent radiologist and a simple x-ray would have discovered the problem, surely?

Total votes: 21

Doctors?

I'm heading for the Argentina race now, and disappointed Cal won't be there.

With all the medical staff attending MotoGP riders, and the importance of getting injuries fixed quickly, it's hard to understand how a dislocated and broken finger could be missed. Presumably if this have been taken care of the day after Austin rather than a week later, Cal would have been able to race?

I know trauma and swelling around an injury site can make treatment tricky, but competent radiologist and a simple x-ray would have discovered the problem, surely?

Actually just found some answers to this question here;

http://www.motorcyclenews.com/mcn/sport/sportresults/motogp/2014/april/a...

Cal actually had TWO operations, one for the finger and one to reduce fluid retention in the arm as a result of one the big crashes from Silverstone last year.

Total votes: 20

Surgery was Wednesday

Not too cool IMO to trash the medical providers when you know nothing at all about what happened or when it happened. The double procedure was last Wednesday.

Total votes: 18

What am I missing

The Ducati is doing better by more riders than it has in years. While it makes sense for Cal to heal up, the only way to make that bike better is to ride it. I wish Hayden could have had a shot with this version of the Ducati (just for all the hard miles he's put in).

Total votes: 18

I'm sure 'contracts are

I'm sure 'contracts are contracts,' but I rather wish Ducati had called Nicky in as a replacement. Dodgy cornering or not, I'm sure he'd jump at the chance to ride a bike that is actually able to accelerate out of its own way.

Total votes: 22

That

That would be one helluva F you to Nicky in sooo many ways, regardless of how much I want to see him do great.

Total votes: 23

Power?

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