Cal Crutchlow could miss rest of 2018 MotoGP season

Cal Crutchlow may not return to a MotoGP bike until 2019, as ongoing surgery after his nasty fall in Australian Grand Prix Friday practice threatens to cut his season short

Cal Crutchlow could miss rest of 2018 MotoGP season

The LCR Honda rider crashed at over 130mph at Phillip Island's ultra-fast Turn 1 during Friday's second free practice session, with safety crews forced to transfer him to the paddock medical centre by ambulance.

He was swiftly diagnosed with a 'bimalleolar and anterior tibia part right ankle fracture' by the medical director, and airlifted to hospital in Melbourne.

Early on Saturday morning Crutchlow underwent a first stage of surgery on his tibia but there is more to come.

He now faces a five-day wait before further investigation on the fractured malleoli in the lower part of the ankle, which will require further surgery.

His family left Europe last night to join him in Melbourne.

Autosport understands that the ongoing surgery will keep Crutchlow in Melbourne for at least the next 15 days, and that missing the remaining two rounds of the season is highly likely.

That means he could feasibly not return to a MotoGP bike until pre-season testing in 2019.

Honda test rider Stefan Bradl is expected to replace Crutchlow at the final two grands prix of the season.

Crutchlow had been sitting fifth in the MotoGP standings and first of the non-factory riders.

Missing the three upcoming races is likely to hand the top non-works rider position to Tech3 Yamaha's Johann Zarco or Pramac Ducati rider Danilo Petrucci.

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