Injured Crutchlow to miss Argentina round
21 April 2014 – British rider Cal Crutchlow will miss this weekend's MotoGP round in Argentina due to a fractured finger.
The Ducati rider sustained the injury when he suffered a crash during the Grand Prix of the Americas at Austin earlier this month.
Ducati confirmed that Crutchlow will miss MotoGP's first visit to the Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo in Argentina this weekend while he recovers from his injury. Crutchlow plans to return to racing for the fourth round of the season in Spain on May 4.
"I am very sad to let the team down like this because I was really looking forward to racing in Argentina," said Crutchlow. "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 [the doctors] decided to put a pin in to stabilise 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."
Ducati's test rider, Michele Pirro, will replace Crutchlow. Pirro competed in MotoGP in 2012 with a best finish of fifth place in Valencia on his way to 15th in the championship, while the Italian took part in selected events last season.
This weekend's round in Argentina is the championship's first visit to the country since 1999.