With World Superbike in Assen this race weekend, the Kawasaki Racing Team has released an update on team rider Joan Lascorz, who broke his neck during a crash at a post-race test at Imola earlier this month. Though the press release is terse with information, it does say that Lascorz is conscious and remains in the ICU of the Hospital de la Valld’Hebron in Barcelona. Saying it could take months to know the full-extent of the Spanish rider’s injuries, no further update on his condition was given.
However, MCN is reporting that in an interview with Kawasaki Team Manager Guim Roda, Lascorz is said to have movement in his arms, but currently not in his legs. With inflammation still surrounding the injury to his C6 vertabra, the hope is that as the swelling subsides Lascorz will regain use of his legs, though nothing is certain at this point. With a lengthy road to recovery still ahead of him, everyone is being cautious about predicting the full-extent of the accident’s effects.
Everyone in the World Superbike and motorcycling community at large, including Asphalt & Rubber, is hoping for a full and speedy recovery of the well-liked Spanish racer. Carlos Checa perhaps said it best with his recent comment on Twitter: “Joan Lascorz is in another championship, a race that [he] is sure going to win and we will all be there to support you at all times. Take heart!” Press release from Kawasaki after the jump.
Following Joan’s accident at Imola during official Superbike World Championship testing on Monday April 2nd, we would like to inform you of the following updates.
Joan Lascorz is conscious and remains hospitalized in the Intensive Care Unit of Hospital de la Valld’Hebron in Barcelona, and will remain so until a build-up of lung mucus is eradicated. The initial idea was to move Joan this past week into a specialist recovery centre within the hospital, but doctors will most likely wait until next week to make the move.
In relation to any spinal cord injury, the forecast is reserved until he leaves the ICU and starts recovery.
Team Manager, personal manager and friend of Joan Lascorz, Guim Roda, spoke about Joan and hiscondition recently. He stated, “First of all we want to thank everyone for the interest and respect shown after Joan’s accident, especially in his native Spain, but also from all over the world. Friends, industry professionals and journalists – many thanks for all the support.
“We need to emphasize above all the effort and love of his parents Juan and Maribel and all his family who are hour-after-hour beside Joan and their closest friends. Thanks also for the attention and organization of all the doctors involved, and to the Catalan and Spanish Motorcycling Federations.
“Our communication is brief and cautious because of the severity of the injury, uncertainty about the chances of recovery and because time has stopped for us. Now the changes and improvements are measured in weeks rather than days.
“Now, the first and most important thing is to stabilize Joan so he can start his recovery, remove tracheotomy so he can speak fluently, then together with him we will plan his recovery and thecommunication process. In terms of the reasons for the accident and the reasons that caused the injury, at least two months will pass before the first accurate information will be released.