Pitt undergoes surgery

Andrew Pitt is recovering back in the Isle of Man after a successful operation to fix his broken collarbone, sustained last Sunday at Brands Hatch.

Pitt made a quick exit from Brands Hatch directly to a specialist surgeon based at the Nottingham Queens Hospital. After a consultation on Monday, the Australian pushed for the operation as quick as possible and woke up on Wednesday morning with his shoulder repaired.

“I must thank everyone who has helped me get to this position so fast, the Brands medics were great, the speed they managed to get the X-rays done and emailed to the surgeon definitely made this all possible," explained the former World Supersport champion.

"I am at home now feeling a bit tired as I've missed a couple of good sleeps but apart from that I'm in good form."

Pitt was injured when he hit the fallen Relentless Suzuki of Alastair Seeley, which was hidden from view over the crest at the exit of Surtees.

"I guess I am lucky to get away with a collarbone now I have seen the crash, in this job you work hard to try and eliminate the amount of luck needed but some times it is out of your hands!" said Pitt. "I will talk with Rob and the team about a test pretty soon; I want to get back on the bike and change this run of luck and get the boys smiling again."

“I knew when Andrew saw the crash he would count his blessing he only damaged his collarbone, it could have been much worse," added Motorpoint Yamaha team boss Rob Mac.
"The good news is it is totally fixed already and he can pretty much start working on his fitness straight away, we will have a look at him early next week and see how he is doing with his recovery."

Brands Hatch certainly hasn't been kind to Motorpoint Yamaha this year - Neil Hodgson, whom Pitt ultimately replaced, was forced into retirement after re-injuring his shoulder at the 2010 BSB season-opener, on the Indy circuit, in April.

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noise - Unregistered

August 13, 2010 2:19 PM

Having watched this incident, and replays, on tv i cant help but think the marshals were partly to blame. Not one of them had a yellow flag in their hand ready to be waved should anything happen, they had to get one and then wave it, by which time it was too late. Not good. Being as it happened on the crest of a hill, Pitt may still of hit Seeleys bike but surely one of the marshalls should have a yellow flag in their hand, ready.

Bike Race Guru - Unregistered

August 14, 2010 2:53 PM

Nobody's fault noise.. This isn't the time or place for apportioning blame.. Marshalls had to get Seeley safe first and foremost.. Then react to what was left.. Unfortunately for Andrew it looks like he got his injury from his own bike spinning round on him twice.. He looked pretty much like he'd got away with it till then.. Really hope he recovers soon..

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