Stefan Bradl Misses Home Round at Sachsenring, Tito Rabat Breaks Collar Bone

Stefan Bradl will miss the German GP at Sachsenring in 2015 1 photo
It's a tough blow for Stefan Bradl, who will not make the start in his home round at Sachsenring this Sunday. Athina Forward Racing's rider was operated for a fractured scaphoid bone after crashing hard in the Dutch round.
At Assen, Bradl lost control of his machine in Turn 11 and fractured the scaphoid bone in his right wrist. He was first examined at Clinica Mobile then he flew to Germany, where hand specialist surgeon Dr. Stefan Krischak operated on him in Augsburg. The fracture was reduced and Bradl quickly began rehabilitation.

However, it looks like the pain has not subsided yet despite all the treatments and the doctors recommended that Bradl sat out of the German GP. They also told him and the team that making a full recovery before the racing resumes after the summer break was more important than risking everything with an early return to the track.

Claudio Corti will be substituting for Stefan Bradl at Sachsenring

Forward Racing will have Claudio Corti as a substitute rider for Bradl. Corti already has experience with Forward, as he used a Suter bike in 2010. Even more, he was Colin Edwards' teammate in 2013 riding a FTR-Kawasaki.

"I can’t hide that I'm really happy to be back riding a MotoGP bike. Many thanks to Giovanni and all the team for this opportunity and I hope Stefan will be back as soon as possible. I will try to repay the trust by working hard and doing my best on the track. Riding this bike will be a new experience but I feel ready and I hope to collect a good result," Corti says.

As for this turn of events, Stefan Bradl adds: "It's really a shame to be forced to miss my home Grand Prix, but doctors have advised me not to rush the recovery in order not to jeopardize the rest of the season. My hand is still sore and I will try to take full advantage of the four weeks stop before the race at Indianapolis. I will be at Sachsenring with the team to meet my commitments with the media, the sponsors and all my fans who have been really close to me during the week after I had surgery".

Tito Rabat breaks collar bone in training accident

The reigning Moto2 champion Tito Rabat has suffered a crash during a training session at the circuit of Almeria. Reportedly, he came off his bike after experiencing an unspecified mechanical failure with his machine.

Rabat was rapidly flown to Barcelona where he was operated on by Doctor Xavier Mir at the Quiron Dexeus hospital. “The surgery was to treat Tito Rabat’s fractured right collarbone, reducing the five fragments and affixing a titanium plate. Tito was also treated for an injury to his left thumb, with a skin graft performed to replace the skin lost in the crash. He also sustained various minor contusions and bruises in the crash. Tito will remain in the hospital for 48 hours, during which time he’ll receive antibiotics intravenously,” Dr. Mir adds.

Sachsenring is not too punishing for Rabat's injuries

Even though a broken collar bone is far from being the best thing ahead of the German Grand Prix, Rabat has chances to keep things under control. Sachsenring only has two hard braking zones, and most of the turns are left-handers so he has decent chances to be strong in the race.

And with almost a month of "peace" before GP action resumes at Indianapolis, he has all the time to make a full recovery and return to strength.

Until then, it's high-paced action this weekend at Sachsenring, for the GoPro Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland, the 9th round of the season.
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