Effenbery-Liberty Racing has released an update on the status of Brett McCormick, saying that the Canadian rider is still hospitalized in Assen, but should have no lasting effects from the injuries he sustained during World Superbike racing in Holland. Confirming that McCormick has fractured his 5th & 6th cervical vertebra, doctors in The Netherlands have also found that McCormick has a lumbar fracture, which means he will have to wear a collar and back brace the next few weeks to immobilize the injuries.
Despite his extensive injuries, the Dutch doctors have confirmed that McCormick has no neurological injuries to his spine, and will likely come to a full recovery within two to three months’ time. Now able to be transported, Brett McCormick can return home to Canada, and could make the flight back as early as tomorrow (special transport has to be made in order to keep Brett laying perfectly flat).
In its statement, the Effenbert-Liberty Team says that “Brett is in good mood; he has the desire to return to ride his bike, he is very confident, above all he hasn’t lost his usual smile that always characterizes him, and this positive mood is very important for him to deal with his rehabilitation.”
Carrying the weight of a nation on his shoulders, Brett’s absence from World Superbike will surely be felt in Canada, as well as the paddock as a whole. We wish him a full recovery, and a speedy mustached return to racing later this season.
Press Release from Effenbert-Liberty Racing:
Recent clinical investigations have shown that in addition to the fracture of the 5 th and 6 th cervical vertebra, Brett has also reported a lumbar fracture, so for few weeks he will have to wear a collar and back brace to immobilize the affected areas.
The situation is positive, there aren’t any spinal damage, as it was already excluded after the first analysis, on Sunday.
The young Canadian, currently still hospitalized at Assen Hospital, continues the medical treatment with great serenity, but obviously he is suffering big pain.
Brett is in good mood; he has the desire to return to ride his bike, he is very confident, above all he hasn’t lost his usual smile that always characterizes him, and this positive mood is very important for him to deal with his rehabilitation.
With all probability Brett will leave to Canada by tomorrow, with a special trip that will include ambulance transport and a private plane, organized specifically, because the rider has to remain lying not to stress the fractures during the long flight itinerary.
It is still early to fix the time of his full recovery, however it could be in about two / three months.
The consequences of Brett’s disastrous crash are less serious than might be expected, especially watching with clear mind the video of the crash’s dynamics, it should be underlined, however, that the perfect Brett’s physical condition, guaranteed from his constant and hard training, was certainly helpful to avoid much more serious damage.
“I lived very bad moments after Brett’s accident, the joy of the previous hours, with our first win in SBK, has been completely set aside by the great fear for the health of Brett – declared the team Owner Mario Bertuccio – With all my of riders there is not only a simple sporting relationship, but also a sincere friendship. We’re all a big family, we enjoy together and suffer together! I’m close to him and his family and I’ll wait patiently for his recovery”.
The Effenbert Liberty Racing Team would like to thank all the people who are showing their solidarity to Brett McCormick and our team, and who are waiting with us for the return of “The Kid”.
Source: Effenbert-Liberty Racing