Cal Crutchlow ignored the advice of doctors to miss qualifying for MotoGP at Brno after he was diagnosed with a suspected back injury following a crash in practice on Saturday morning.
Initial reports said the the LCR Honda rider had been cleared to ride, but now it turns out doctors advised Crutchlow not to risk it.
Crutchlow and Marc Marquez crashed at Turn 10 during the third free practice session following an oil leak from Alvaro Bautista’s Aspar Ducati.
The Brit went to the hospital at the circuit after crashing, where MotoGP’s medical director Dr Angel Charte told him not to race after finding he may have an injury.
However, Crutchlow decided to ignore the advice and took part in FP4 and qualifying, grabbing fifth spot on the grid.
— Moto Race Feed (@MotoRaceFeed) August 5, 2017
The 31-year old later later justified his decision.
“I respect Dr Charte and all the doctors in the clinic a lot, but the decision was mine and that’s why they got angry,” Crutchlow told Movistar TV afterwards qualifying.
“I am a racer and I want to race. Now I have to go back to the hospital because they saw there was something [wrong] with the vertebrae.”
An LCR team spokesman later said that further checks did not reveal anything significant, and that Crutchlow should be fit to take part in Sunday’s race.