Britain’s Cal Crutchlow’s chances of starting Sunday’s British MotoGP have been boosted after hospital doctors gave him the all-clear following a big crash in final practice at Silverstone.
The Tech 3 Yamaha rider must now be passed fit by track doctors on Sunday morning before being allowed to start.
Crutchlow, 26, lost control of his bike at Chapel corner and landed awkwardly.
He was taken to hospital after suffering discomfort in his left foot and missed qualifying as a result.
If he is cleared, Crutchlow will be able to start Sunday’s race from the back of the grid because he registered a lap in practice which was within 107% of the fastest rider in the same session.
Crutchlow underwent a CT scan in a hospital in Oxford on Saturday afternoon with results confirming that there was no fracture.
BBC motorcycling commentator Steve Parrish said: “I’m 99.9% certain that Cal will be on the grid today on Sunday. The doctors at Oxford have cleared him to race, and while he still has to get the OK from doctors at the circuit, in my opinion, the hospital would be more cautious than the circuit medical centre, so I think he’ll be on the grid.”
Earlier in the day, team boss Herve Poncharel told BBC Sport: “I’m really sorry for Cal, sorry for us and even more sorry for the crowd. This is almost a repeat of last year. There seems to be a spell on British riders for their home grand prix.
“I think he opened the throttle a bit much and just lost it. It’s very unfortunate. To crash and get an injury on a slow lap is frustrating but this is part of the game. We don’t want to blame anybody. He’s done an excellent job so far this season.”
Crutchlow arrived at Silverstone in fine form, having finished in the top five in four of the season’s five races to lie fifth in the drivers’ standings.
But the Tech 3 Yamaha rider failed to get his bike hooked up around the high-speed turns of Silverstone and finished seventh and eighth respectively in Friday’s two practice sessions.
On Saturday morning, Crutchlow,
left the garage for the first time but only made it to the fast-left hander before the long Hangar Straight where he lost control in low-grip conditions.
Alvaro Bautista took his maiden pole position in qualifying and will be joined on the front row by Yamaha’s Ben Spies and reigning world champion Casey Stoner on the Honda.
Full information for British MotoGP on BBC TV
Saturday, 16 June (all times in BST)
1255 -1605 – Red Button and Online: MotoGP Silverstone Qualifying
Sunday, 17 June
1105-1230 – Red Button and Online: Silverstone Moto2
1230-1430 – BBC Two + HD and Online: MotoGP: Silverstone. Also commentary on warm-ups and Moto2 from 0845-1255 on 5 live sports extra. Race commentary from 1300-1400 on BBC Radio 5 live.
1430-1530 – Red Button and Online: Silverstone Moto 3
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