Reigning Moto2 champion Tito Rabat is hoping to end his Sachsenring podium drought this weekend - despite undergoing surgery on a fractured collarbone just three days ago!
The Marc VDS Kalex rider fell heavily while training at Almeria on Saturday, sustaining a fractured right clavicle for which he required an operation to insert a titanium plate. Rabat was discharged from hospital on Monday morning and immediately started preparing for this weekend's race, the last before the four-week summer break.
While the twisty Sachsenring is a physically demanding track, there are few hard braking areas and he remains confident that the injury will not be a significant factor as he chases his first ever podium at the German circuit.
“The surgery was only a few days ago but I'm back in training already and the shoulder feels good,” said Rabat, currently second in the championship but 45 points from Johann Zarco. “It's difficult to know how it will feel on the bike until I actually try it on Friday, but I think the only issue will be under hard braking and there isn't so much of that at the Sachsenring.
“The important thing this weekend will be to manage the sessions and not put too much stress on the injury ahead of the race. Other than that the approach will be the same as every other weekend; to do our best and try to finish as high up the order as possible on Sunday. It would be nice to finish on the podium this weekend, as Sachsenring is now the only circuit on the calendar at which I haven't achieved this in Moto2, but we will see.”
Team principal Michael Bartholemy added: “Tito's accident was unfortunate, but riders have to train and with that comes some risk. The good news is that the surgery was a success and he's as motivated as ever for the weekend ahead. Sure, he'll have some pain on the bike but, with few hard braking areas to contend with at the Sachsenring, it will be manageable for him. Tito might not be completely fit but his chances of a first podium finish at the Sachsenring this weekend shouldn't be written off, because he's one tough cookie!”