Reigning MX2 world champion Christophe Pourcel is back in Europe recovering from an injury sustained in round three of the AMA West Coast Supercross Lites series - and reconfirmed his commitment to the 2007 grand prix series.
Pourcel has never hidden his desire to move to the USA, but signed to defend his grand prix title in 2007 - albeit with the opportunity to ride in the early Supercross Lites races - prior to a planned full time AMA switch in 2008.
However, after finishing a head-turning second to Kawasaki team-mate Ryan Villopoto in round one, then winning round two, rumours surfaced that the talented young Frenchman would stay in the USA this season.
Pourcel was subsequently injured in round three and, after arriving in Marseille for treatment, his father gave both an update on Christophe's condition and strongly rejected claims he had ever considered abandoning the world championship.
"[Medical checks have] confirmed that his right tibia was not broken, but damaged in his lower part with a crack in the bone. Fortunately the bone didn't move and the ligaments are not damaged," explained Pourcel's father and team manager Roger. "The Doctor applied a splint that he will keep for a few weeks, and of course Christophe can't train and must stay 'quiet'. Maybe he will be able to go swimming later. [The Doctor] told him that he will have to rest for six weeks, and of course he will check carefully the injury.
“He had a bad start in the main and didn't take any risks, but when he landed after a jump he felt pain in his leg, without crashing," added Roger, reflecting on how the injury occurred. "In fact he was not at his best level, with an injection before the race as he broke one finger earlier in the week. He was testing when he damaged his chain guide, and then the chain came off in the whoops section.
"Some magazines and websites wrote that Christophe was not sure to come back in Europe this season, after his good results in the US. That's not correct, as people who know Christophe can imagine. His main goal for 2007 is the MX2 World Championship, and he always wanted to respect the contract that he signed with Kawasaki and the GPKR team.
"In fact Japan asked him if he would agree to race the entire West Coast series if he was a title contender, and there was no conflict between this series and the grand prix calendar," revealed Roger. "The final round is scheduled between the GP of Portugal and Italy, and that was possible to race on both continents. Now there's no question of that anyway, but it is necessary to correct that information."