Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider Cal Crutchlow is on the road to recovery after undergoing shoulder surgery in the UK.
Crutchlow is confident he will be at full fitness to take the most out of the Official MotoGP Test at Sepang on 1 February despite the recent surgery.
The 25-year-old British rider, who will negotiate his rookie season with the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team, underwent an operation last week in Manchester and explained to motogp.com that Professor Len Funk who performed the procedure expects him to be ready in time for Malaysia.
“I crashed at the end of 2009 and ripped the reverse bankart at the back of the shoulder – it was very similar to what Valentino [Rossi] had,” Crutchlow said. “Because I rode on it all year it really wore the shoulder joint so when they opened it, it was worse than expected.
“They did the best job possible and have said I should make a full recovery. I should make it by February for the Sepang Test. Everyone was pleased with the outcome of the operation.
“I have three weeks in a sling but I’m having regular physiotherapy every day, and it’s coming along very well. I’m using the hyperbaric chamber which is a brilliant facility. I use that for an hour and a half every day, then go for physio for an hour then do a bit of training on the static bike at home.
“The arm is good when I take the sling off, and I can do almost everything. The range of movement already is nearly full, it’s just that the muscle is still a little bit sore as you would expect.”