Recovering, Franco Morbidelli will miss the Grand Prix in Styria, Austria and Nice Britain in August. Three races during which Cal Crutchlow will take part in his place.
Having had knee surgical procedure on the finish of June, Franco Morbidelli was reported to want no less than eight weeks of restoration. The surgical procedure was in depth, and it often takes a very long time to recuperate from one knee. His return to competitors will subsequently not happen in August, when races are scheduled at Spielberg (August eight and 15) after which Silverstone (August 29).
His absence might be made up for by Cal Crutchlow, Yamaha take a look at rider since this yr. The Briton will put on the colours of the Petronas Yamaha Sepang Racing Group on the subsequent three Grands Prix, these of Styria, Austria and Nice Britain. These might be his first competitions for the reason that finish of his profession as a titular rider on the finish of 2020. However not his first in a Yamaha YZR-M1, since he rode the Japanese motorbike from 2011 to 2013, when he was driving within the Monster Yamaha Tech3 workforce.
Cal Crutchlow: “It is good to journey with Yamaha once more this yr as an official take a look at rider, and with the ability to be there when you want to is nice for all events. I can not wait to do these three Grands Prix with the Petronas Yamaha SRT. These are clearly not the perfect circumstances, and I want Franco restoration. I hope he comes again stronger after his knee surgical procedure. I am certain he’ll, as a result of he is been driving amazingly the final two years. “
“I feel it is arduous to set targets, and will probably be extra about understanding the bike, as I’ve been restricted in my driving days this yr. The great level is that I will examine the bikes, and I ought to have the ability to accumulate a whole lot of knowledge for Yamaha. It’s kind of like being thrown into the deep finish, as a result of the MotoGP class may be very aggressive, however I am actually trying ahead to it and it will be good to get again on the grid. ”
“I can not wait to fulfill the workforce in Austria, though there might be some acquainted faces, as a result of Wilco Zeelenberg was my workforce supervisor in Supersport in 2009, and I rode in opposition to Johan Stigefelt a couple of years in the past, so will probably be a pleasure to be with them. “
Razlan Razali (Group Principal, Petronas Yamaha Sepang Racing Group): “After all of the choices, it was a collective resolution between Yamaha and us to ask Cal Crutchlow to exchange Franco as he recovers from his surgical procedure. Cal is an unbelievable and skilled rider, at the moment a Yamaha take a look at rider. That’s why, as an unbiased workforce, we actually need to do it to assist Yamaha. Cal will have the ability to rack up miles on our M1, which ought to assist him in his testing and improvement work for Yamaha. “
“Cal might be changing Franco for the following three races and we do not have an actual purpose for him by way of outcomes. We are going to do all we will to assist and make him really feel comfy within the workforce. He is already conversant in a number of the individuals on the workforce, which helps, and I am certain he is up for the problem. “
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