Cal Crutchlow Forced Out of Italian MotoGP Wildcard

Cal Crutchlow has withdrawn from the Italian MotoGP motorcycle race in which he was scheduled to participate as a wildcard.

The Yamaha Motorcycle test rider was announced to be competing in the Italian, British and San Marino Grands Prix earlier this year, but surgery on the British rider's right hand forced him to withdraw from the first race.

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Cal Crutchlow, Japanese MotoGP Grand Prix 2023. Credit: Gold and Goose.

A social media post from Yamaha revealed that the reason for Crutchlow's withdrawal was surgery on his right hand, which he had been complaining of pain this year.

“The official test rider had right hand pain this year and underwent a procedure to repair it,” the post read. “But complications prevent him from entering the Italian Grand Prix.”

Crutchlow's absence from the Mugello race is a blow for Yamaha not only for the Grand Prix itself but also for the official testing scheduled to take place at the Italian circuit on the Monday after the race. This will be the second of three in-season tests during 2024, with the third coming after the San Marino Grand Prix at Misano in September.

Crutchlow is still set to appear in that race, and therefore in testing as well, with his wildcard race at Silverstone in August also still scheduled.

The Italian Grand Prix will take place from May 31 to June 2, while the next round of the 2024 MotoGP World Championship, the Catalan Grand Prix, will be held this weekend (May 24-26) at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.


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