Ratthapark Wilairot has received medical clearance to compete in the 2011 Moto2 World Championship, just two months after the road accident that had left the Thai rider seriously injured and his career in genuine doubt.
In early December, Wilairot was left unconscious with head and hand injuries and spent a fortnight in intensive care in the Bumrungrad Hospital in Bangkok following an accident close to his home in Chonburi, in which he was a pillion passenger on a motorcycle ridden by a friend, who tragically died. The accident came shortly after the 22-year-old had lost his father Kristmas – a former racer himself – to liver cancer.
Just ten days later, Wilairot was reconfirmed at the Stop And Go (SAG) outfit for the forthcoming campaign, but his participation has always been subject to medical clearance – and now the doctor who has been overseeing his rehabilitation over the past ten weeks has duly given the green light.
Wilairot is scheduled to try out his new FTR machine for the first time at the Jerez test from 4-6 March.