Crutchlow to return at Jerez, Ducati confirms
1 May 2014 – British rider Cal Crutchlow will be back in action at Jerez for the Gran Premio de España, Ducati has confirmed, after he had to miss last weekend's MotoGP event in Argentina.
Crutchlow was injured in the race at Austin, where he suffered a dislocated right little finger and a tiny fracture in the same hand. To speed up his recovery, he has been spending the last few days in a hyperbaric chamber.
"My hand is getting better every day, but I still have some pain and it's definitely going to be difficult to ride this weekend," he admitted. "I'll try and see how it is from Friday and do the best job I can.
"Jerez is surely one of the toughest circuits to come back and ride at after my crash. It's a really great track though, and the crowd are great as well. I'm excited about joining up with the team again and getting back on the bike."
Meanwhile, test and development rider Michele Pirro, who stood in for Crutchlow in Argentina, will also be in action, racing as a wild card.
"For me Argentina was the first race this year and it was a very difficult one, because I was never able to get the right feeling with the bike. As for Jerez, I can say that it's not one of my favourites but at least I know it well because I've done many races and a lot of testing there," he stated.
"I think with my Test Team bike I'll manage to do a better race and put the disappointing Argentina result behind me."