L’injury to the knee of Franco Morbidelli, which forced the Yamaha Petronas centaur to the operation, will keep him away from the paddock for several more months. The team has already formalized the renunciation of the two Austrian stages of 8 and 15 August, and in all probability ‘Morbido’ will have to raise the white flag also for Silverstone (29 August) and Aragon (12 September), to target the return to Misano seven days later than the Spanish appointment.
MotoGP | Official, no Austria for Morbidelli
For the first of the two races in Spielberg, team principal Razlan Razali is aware that he cannot count on Garrett Gerloff, who is busy with Superbike in the Czech Republic, and therefore it is more than likely that he will be able to turn his choice elsewhere. According to what was published by the Germans of Speedweek, Yamaha Petronas would have already decided to ride for the two Austrian stages and also for the English one Cal Crutchlow, test driver of the Japanese manufacturer who announced his retirement from competitions last year, waiting to check Morbidelli’s conditions for Aragon.
Crutchlow, 35, could thus compete in the British Grand Prix, his home race that saw him on the podium in 2016. In this way, the English fans would have a favorite to cheer on in the premier class again this season, after the recent farewells of Cal himself, Smith and Redding.