British Ducati Racer, Cal Crutchlow will be replaced in Argentina by Italian Michele Pirro, the test-rider for the Ducati Team.
After Crutchlow’s crash in the race at Austin, the Number 35 Rider suffered a tiny fracture of the finger and as a result it was decided that he should undergo a small operation to insert a stabilizing pin.
Crutchlow, who already knows the Termas de Rio Hondo track after taking part in two days of testing last year, hoped to recover in time for the Argentinean race but unfortunately continuing intense pain in his right hand, which prevents him from using the front brake correctly, has forced him to abandon.
“I am very sad to let the team down like this because I was really looking forward to racing in Argentina,” said Crutchlow. “On the Tuesday after Austin I had some scans on my hand and we saw that my finger was still dislocated from the crash and also broken so Dr. Chao decided to put a pin in to stabilize it. Unfortunately I’m still feeling too much pain in my right hand, my knuckles are the most painful part and I’m not in condition to race this weekend.”