MotoGP: Crutchlow Undergoes Surgery
2011 MotoGP Injury
Last weekend, rookie-MotoGP rider Cal Crutchlow missed his home race in Silverstone due to breaking his left collarbone during qualifying.
Following the wreck, the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider underwent successful surgery by Dr. David Clark Royal Derby Hospital, his team reported Wednesday. During the surgery, doctors inserted a titanium plate and several screws in the 25-year old’s shoulder, which was broken in five places from the Silverstone MotoGP crash.
Monster Tech 3 Yamaha reports "Surgery on the damaged collarbone was delayed while Crutchlow was assessed for a neck injury suffered in the crash. Initial checks at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford showed a suspected non-displacement fract ure of his C2 vertebrae. But CAT scans showed no damage to his neck, and he was immediately transferred to the Royal Derby Hospital for surgery on his left collarbone."
The 2009 World Supersport Champion is currently undergoing therapy, and it’s still unknown if he’ll participate in the Assen round of MotoGP June 23-25. His teammate, Colin Edwards, also broke his shoulder at Catalunya the week before Silverstone; the Texan also had surgery, and took third at Sunday’s Silverstone MotoGP.
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Cal Crutchlow (Monster Tech 3 Yamaha M1 MotoGP) says: "The operation on my collarbone was a success and the doctors seems really happy with the outcome. But I am still in a lot of pain. Unfortunately, the break is a lot worse than the one my team-mate Colin Edwards had in Catalunya and I’ve got different pain and movement levels.
"And I’ve spent two days lying on my back with a suspected neck injury, so my shoulder just got swollen. I am not very happy that this happened to me in my home race at Silverstone when things were going really well for the weekend. I don’t know if I will ride in Assen. We will have to wait and see, but I’ll be trying 100 percent to be there if I can."
Crutchlow is currently 13th in the 2011 MotoGP Championship with 30 points.