LONDON (Reuters) – British MotoGP rider Cal Crutchlow has had surgery on his left index finger ahead of Sunday’s San Marino Grand Prix after accidentally severing a tendon while using a knife.
The two times race winner, who competes for the non-works LCR Honda team, is eighth in the MotoGP standings.
“Unfortunately, I sliced my finger with a knife yesterday and it severed the tendon on my left index finger,” the MotoGP website quoted the rider as saying on Monday.
“I slept on it, but as the bleeding continued this morning, I went to the Emergency Room at Pistoia Hospital…I then had an operation on my finger to reattach the tendon and then stitch it all back up.”
Crutchlow said he had seen a specialist in Parma who had given him a splint for the finger.
“I am sure it will be difficult, but I will try 100 percent as always. Let’s see how it goes,” he said of Sunday’s race at the Misano circuit on Italy’s Adriatic coast.
Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Pritha Sarkar