Cal fights through the pain barrier on opening day of Andalucia GP

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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, Cal 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

“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.”