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Crutchlow makes MotoGP return to exchange injured Morbidelli

Morbidelli underwent surgical procedure on his knee forward of final month’s Dutch TT after aggravating a pre-existing harm he suffered earlier this 12 months in coaching.

The Italian was dominated out of the Assen race and will probably be out of motion till not less than September’s Aragon GP.

SRT has confirmed Yamaha take a look at rider Crutchlow will stand in for him on the Austria double-header and at his house race at Silverstone in August – which is able to come as a lift to the circuit because it will get set to host its first British MotoGP spherical since 2019.

“It’s nice to be again driving with Yamaha this 12 months because the official take a look at rider and to have the ability to step in when wanted is nice for all events,” Crutchlow mentioned.

“I’m trying ahead to driving for Petronas Yamaha SRT within the three Grands Prix.

“Clearly, it isn’t in the very best circumstances and I want Franco a superb restoration, I hope he comes again strongly after the knee surgical procedure.

“I’m certain he’ll as a result of he’s been driving fantastically over the past two years.

Cal Crutchlow, Yamaha Factory Racing

Cal Crutchlow, Yamaha Manufacturing unit Racing

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“I believe it’s troublesome to set targets for these three races and will probably be extra about understanding the bike, as I’ve had restricted driving days this 12 months.

“The nice factor will probably be that I can evaluate the bikes and I ought to be capable of collect numerous knowledge for Yamaha.

“It’s a bit like being thrown within the deep finish, because it’s a really aggressive MotoGP class, however I’m actually trying ahead to it and it’s going to be good to be again on the grid.”

Crutchlow retired from racing on the finish of final season and took up a job with Yamaha as its official take a look at rider.

The Briton made his MotoGP debut in 2011 on Yamaha equipment with the Tech3 squad, scoring six podiums on the M1 between 2011 and 2013 earlier than switching to the manufacturing facility Ducati squad for 2014.

Crutchlow has ridden the most recent M1 at numerous exams already this 12 months, however will probably be on the two-year-old ‘A-spec’ bike for his three-race stint.

Crutchlow received’t be the one returning retired racer in Austria, as Dani Pedrosa will wildcard with KTM on the Styrian GP. 

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