Troy Corser will miss the next Word Superbike round at Brno after surgery to repair injuries he sustained this past weekend while racing in Spain. The former world champion, already suffering a cracked rib, crashed in the second race at Motorland Aragon in a collision with Maxime Berger. He sustained a broken ulna and radius, injuries that were suspected after examinations at the circuit.
Corser explained, “I braked late at the end of the back straight and passed two other riders but I overshot the corner and turned in late. I saw Maxime Berger coming. I could see that his rear wheel was off the ground when he was braking and he just went straight into me.” He continued, “I am not blaming him. It was just unlucky.” The incident occurred on the first lap of Aragon Race 2, after Corser finished Race 1 in tenth position.
The BMW factory rider had surgery performed by Mike Hayton in Manchester on Monday and soon returned to his home to continue his recovery. More exams are expected in ten days’ time, though BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director Bernhard Gobmeier is clear that Corser will not race at Brno on July 16. “We have decided that he will definitely not ride at the next round at Brno as his health and safety have highest priority for us,” said Gobmeier. “We will then see how his recovery progresses and will decide at a later time if he will participate at the British round at Silverstone end of July.”
Gobmeier continued, “If we will replace Troy by another rider at Brno is not decided yet. Troy is a part of our BMW family and for us the most important thing is that he recovers well and is back to full fitness as soon as possible.” With his newly-inserted two titanium plates and twelve screws, six per bone, Corser’s recovery from the previous injuries is hampered by these new ones. He, however, seemed upbeat after the race, “I am happy that I only suffered a broken arm after the injuries I have been carrying recently. I do not have any bruises, nothing is sore and my neck is fine.”
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