On Monday, Tech 3 Yamaha rider Cal Crutchlow lost the tip of his left pinky when that hand was trapped under his bars during a crash. This weekend, he has to race. The solution? Spidi has rushed through this specially modified glove designed to protect and cushion the injury.
Modifications include a Lycra stretch panel along the entire length of the finger, ribbed stitching to act as a sort of splint, a larger diameter to accommodate additional padding and the increased diameter of the swollen finger, a bunch of padding to isolate the injury from impact and vibration.
There’s a photo of Cal’s finger, taken just an hour or so ago, in the gallery below. Warning, it’s a bit grody.