Crutchlow To Try To Race At Assen

Cal Crutchlow will attempt to race at Assen. The Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider announced on his Twitter feed that he will test his condition during practice on Thursday, and decide whether to race or not based on how well his injured collarbone holds up.

Crutchlow broke his collarbone in a crash on cold tires at Silverstone last weekend, snapping the bone into several pieces. The Englishman then had to wait until tests on suspected fractured vertebrae in his neck showed no damage, delaying having his collarbone plated for several days. Crutchlow's main problem is the pain in his shoulder, caused by leaving the collarbone unoperated and immobilized, but Crutchlow's tweet would seem to suggest that this has subsided sufficiently for him to try to ride in Assen.

With Crutchlow announcing he will be riding, that leaves Dani Pedrosa the only question mark at Assen. Pedrosa had further surgery on his broken right collarbone last week, and has constantly hinted he will only return to racing once he is 100% fit. With the weather at Assen looking unfavorable, with cool temperatures, rain showers and high winds forecast for the weekend at Assen, Pedrosa may elect to sit one more race out. An announcement from Pedrosa is expected on Tuesday.

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Regardless of place, one would think it wise to find some kind of base setup/track familiarity for next year. Good luck to him.

And curious question, another prospected wet race? Really? What's the record for wet races in a single season I wonder.