Twelve months ago Cal Crutchlow was facing the prospect of multiple operations on his right ankle, a permanent limp and perhaps the end of his MotoGP career. A tremendously fast crash at Phillip Island’s feared Doohan Corner left the tough Brit with a wrecked right lower limb. Crutchlow underwent careful surgery and a winter-long rehab plan to indeed take his place on the 2019 MotoGP grid; even if the season has been a difficult test of adversity with an unwilling factory Honda.
Last weekend the 33 year old (almost 34) closed the door on his bad memories of the 2018 Australian Motorcycling Grand Prix by taking his third podium finish of 2019 behind Marc Marquez. The Phillip Island ‘bounce’ continued for #35. He won in brilliant fashion in 2016 and was top-five in 2017 before the most serious accident of his long stint in the premier class.
“I think we did a good job after what happened here last year,” he admitted. “Crashes don’t normally phase me: I normally get straight back up and go faster straightaway but that crash last year has haunted me for the whole year.”