Tamada hopeful of Valencia race return

Makoto Tamada thinks he will be fit in time for the next World Superbike round of the season in Valencia after a pre-race accident forced to withdraw from Losail.

Tamada high-sided his Kawasaki at turn five during warm-up, the Japanese rider landing hard enough to warrant a trip to a local hospital for medical checks.

Suspected to have suffered a broken toe and a dislocated hip, Tamada could not take up his 22nd place on the Losail grid and instead flew home to Japan for further assessment.

Unable to stand on his right leg at the moment, Tamada admits he may not be able to join the team for a pre-event test in Valencia, but is confident he will be available to the team come race day

“It was a very big crash I had in warm-up, and I went very, very high before landing hard,” he said. “I remember everything about it, but I don't know whether there was some oil down or it was something else.

“I broke my left big toe and took a big hit on my pelvis; so back in Japan we will get it checked up again. I cannot stand on my right leg right now. I should be OK for the Valencia race, for the test I am not sure yet.”

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Matt - Unregistered

March 16, 2009 11:49 AM

Crashing during warm-up must be embarassing. Hope he eventually gets another competitive ride, the Kawasaki's are dogs in all series'. A few of his performances in MotoGP a few years back were great! He can definately ride. He should have never asked to switch to Michelin back then, it ruined his career. I bet he thought he would get 'A' grade Michelins instead of the 'C' grade that they probably gave him. :( Get well soon!

yesindeed - Unregistered

March 15, 2009 1:18 PM

good luck, Mako, we hope you see this painful situation through vefore the next race meeting, and come back stronger and faster than ever. btw...GO BIG BEN!!!!!

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