Morbidelli underwent surgical procedure on his knee forward of final month’s Dutch TT after aggravating a pre-existing damage he suffered earlier this yr in coaching.

The Italian was dominated out of the Assen race and shall be out of motion till no less than September’s Aragon GP.

SRT has confirmed Yamaha take a look at rider Crutchlow will stand in for him on the Austria double-header and at his dwelling race at Silverstone in August – which can come as a lift to the circuit because it will get set to host its first British MotoGP spherical since 2019.

“It’s great to be back riding with Yamaha this year as the official test rider and to be able to step in when needed is good for all parties,” Crutchlow stated.

“I’m trying ahead to using for Petronas Yamaha SRT within the three Grands Prix.

“Obviously, it is not in the most effective circumstances and I want Franco restoration, I hope he comes again strongly after the knee surgical procedure.

“I’m positive he’ll as a result of he’s been using fantastically during the last two years.

“I feel it’s troublesome to set targets for these three races and it will likely be extra about understanding the bike, as I’ve had restricted using days this yr.

“The good factor shall be that I can examine the bikes and I ought to be capable of collect a whole lot of information for Yamaha.

“It’s a bit like being thrown in the deep end, as it’s a very competitive MotoGP class, but I’m really looking forward to it and it’s going to be good to be back on the grid.”

Crutchlow retired from racing on the finish of final season and took up a task with Yamaha as its official take a look at rider.

The Briton made his MotoGP debut in 2011 on Yamaha equipment with the Tech3 squad, scoring six podiums on the M1 between 2011 and 2013 earlier than switching to the manufacturing unit Ducati squad for 2014.

Crutchlow has ridden the newest M1 at numerous assessments already this yr, however shall be on the two-year-old ‘A-spec’ bike for his three-race stint.

Crutchlow received’t be the one returning retired racer in Austria, as Dani Pedrosa will wildcard with KTM on the Styrian GP.


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