Cal Crutchlow will sub in for Franco Morbidelli at Petronas SRT for the next three rounds, the team has confirmed

Morbidelli has been dogged by an ongoing knee issue, which he had surgery for in the lead-up to Assen, where Garrett Gerloff replaced him. It has now been confirmed that Crutchlow will return to MotoGP to replace the still recovering Morbidelli for the Styrian, Austrian, and British Grands Prix.

It means two former race winners will make a temporary return at the Red Bull Ring, with Dani Pedrosa a KTM wildcard as well.

“I’m looking forward to riding for Petronas Yamaha SRT in the three Grands Prix,” Crutchlow said. “Obviously it’s not in the best circumstances and I wish Franco a good recovery, I hope he comes back strongly after the knee surgery.”

“I think it’s difficult to set targets for these three races and it will be more about understanding the bike, as I’ve had limited riding days this year. The good thing will be that I can compare the bikes and I should be able to gather a lot of data for Yamaha.”

Crutchlow has won two MotoGP rounds, both in 2016, and finished 18th in last year’s title. MotoGP gets back underway next weekend for the Styrian Grand Prix.

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