British MotoGP: Cal Crutchlow ready to race despite crash

By Lawrence BarrettoBBC Sport

British rider Cal Crutchlow is looking forward to this weekend's British MotoGP despite still feeling the effects of a crash in testing.

The Tech 3 Yamaha rider suffered shoulder and back bruising when he came off his bike at high speed last week.

"I'm still feeling sore, really sore. It was a big crash, but the pain is fading out," Crutchlow told BBC Sport.

"I'm battered and bruised but it shouldn't hold me back. I actually feel in great shape for this weekend."

The Coventry rider has had a strong start to the season, finishing in the top five in four of the five races this year, and lies fifth in the championship, four points off his team-mate Andrea Dovizioso.

But he had his first low point of the season when he lost control at around 125mph in Catalunya, wrecking his bike.

"When I've been out training, my ribs feel sore," he said.

"They may be a bit swollen and bruised. But I know in myself how I feel. I'm looking forward to being at Silverstone."

Crutchlow has won twice at Silverstone in the past, winning both races in 2010 when competing in the World Superbikes.

But the 26-year-old suffered a high speed crash in wet conditions during qualifying on his MotoGP debut there last year and missed the race as a result.

"It was disappointing last year," he said. "We could have had a podium there as [his then team-mate] Colin [Edwards] had a podium, but it's one of those things. It's more disappointing people came, bought T-shirts and caps, and I wasn't there.

"This British race means a lot, coming to my home grand prix. We only get one a year, whereas the Spaniards get more than that.

"My two World Superbike wins there in 2010 were very, very special. If we can do a good job this weekend, I'll be very, very pleased."

But with wet weather forecast for the whole weekend, Crutchlow was unsure about his potential to achieve a podium.

"[The result] is going to be completely in the hands of the weather," he said. "Everyone would prefer a dry race, not from a safety aspect but because it's less risk.

"I definitely know Silverstone very well in the dry. I've got a few tricks of the trade which I know I can pull out in the dry but we'll see. I'll try my best."

Full information for British MotoGP on BBC TV

Saturday, 16 June (all times in BST)

1255 -1605 - Red Button: MotoGP Silverstone Qualifying

Sunday, 17 June

1105-1230 - Red Button: Silverstone Moto2

1230-1430 - BBC two + HD: MotoGP: Silverstone

1430-1530 - Red Button: Silverstone Moto 3

Full information for MotoGP on Radio 5 live and 5 live sports extra:

Friday, 15 June

0845-1215 - 5 live sports extra: First practice round 6

Sunday, 17 June

0845-1255 - 5 live sports extra: Round 6 MotoGP warm ups and Moto2

1300-1400 - Radio 5 live: British MotoGP

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