McCormick back in 2-3 months

Brett McCormick expected to make a full recovery

INJURED after a horrific crash in the second World Superbike race at Assen, Brett McCormick will make a fully recovery but will be out of action for two to three months.

The Canadian rookie injured his spine, face, eye and hand after a heavy tumble, and despite the injuries the 20-year-old is eager to return to racing. A statement from the Effenbert Liberty Ducati said:

"Recent clinical investigations have shown that in addition to the fracture of the fifth and sixth cervical vertebra, Brett has also reported a lumbar fracture, so for few weeks he will have to wear a collar and back brace to immobilise the affected areas. The situation is positive, there is not any spinal damage, as it was already excluded after the first analysis, on Sunday."

McCormick is still in hospital in the Netherlands but is expected to be transferred to Canada.

"With all probability Brett will leave to Canada by tomorrow, with a special trip that will include ambulance transport and a private plane, organised specifically, because the rider has to remain lying so as 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."

Earlier this week and from his hospital bed, McCormick gave an interview with a Canadian radio station. Speaking about the crash, he said: “It was a crash that wasn't my fault because I got pushed wide by another rider. I'd ride the bike today if I could.”

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