Fast MotoGP News: Crutchlow Has Double Surgery, Bradl at NGM Replacing Colin Edwards?

Still a Ducati rider, Cal Crutchlow has been operated on in Barcelona for arm pump on both his arms. As always, it was Dr. Xavier Mir at the Dexeus Quiron University Hospital who performed the surgery, and he said that everything went just fine. Crutchlow is not at his first arm pump operation, after being in the same situation once with his left forearm and three times with the right one.
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A very common affliction the MotoGP riders develop, arm pump is a muscular problem which can cause severe pain and limited limb movement, making steering the bike very difficult, reducing performance and possibly causing loss of control. Incisions are made to release muscular pressure and for draining the liquid which may accumulate.

Even though the surgery went fine and the Manx-based rider is expected to be back at the helm of his Ducati in time for the 10th round of the championship, the Indianapolis race on 8-10 August, Dr. Mir was reserved as far as Crutchlow’s recovery degree is concerned, and said that he will most likely not be 100% healed by then.

While Crutchlow’s double surgery and his need for rest are a certainty, we’re taking once more a step in the rumor realm. Confronted with the lack of better results, German rider Stefan Bradl may not have his LCR Honda contract extended through 2015. HRC officials have openly declared their dissatisfaction with his results and Livio Suppo said that even though Lucio Checchinello would be fine continuing with Bradl, it’s not sure whether Honda will support such a scenario.

A former Moto2 champion, Bradl is well aware of the situation and is also contemplating a return to Moto2, where he knows he will deliver better results. However, it may be that he might get a MotoGP contract with Giovanni Cuzari, the boss of NGM Forward Racing. At least one of the NGM bikes will become available at the end of the season, with the announced retirement of Colin Edwards.

Even more, with Aleix Espargaro rumored to be in advanced discussions with Ducati for a factory ride, NGM may soon be looking for two riders instead of one. Needless to say Bradl would rather stay in MotoGP for at least one more season than return to MotoGP. Even more, according to gp-inside, at NGM he also has old friends: Dirk Debus, co-founder of 2D, a company specialized in racing data collection, and former 125 rider Manfred Geissler, chief of telemetry for Colin Edwards. So dressing in NGM leathers would definitely not be a bad move at all…


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