Karl Muggeridge has revealed he has been carrying two broken vertebrae for more than a month after a recent crash at Miller Motorsports Park highlighted injuries sustained in a crash back at Assen.
The Australian rider was forced onto the sidelines in the USA after crashing out of the opening race around the Utah circuit, the accident prompting a red flag period as Muggeridge extricated himself from the track.
Following an uncomfortable trip back to Europe, Muggeridge went on to have an MRI scan, which revealed he had been carrying existing damage to his T3 and T7, both of which had been crushed, while the former was also fractured.
A specialist later confirmed the injuries were sustained at Assen and not at Miller, although the latter did not complicate matters beyond considerable discomfort.
"I have broken two vertebrae in my back, which is not good, of course. I knew it was sore in Assen but the X-Rays didn't show a fracture. One of the vertebra is broken and squashed, but there does not seem to be any disc damage, which is important for later life. I feel 100% better than after Assen, and the crash in America probably just reminded my body that it is not property healed yet.
“After my American crash all my muscles tensed up to try and protect my injuries. I had a not very comfortable flight home! I just didn't realize before then the extent of the damage that had been done."
Celani Suzuki rider Muggeridge will now travel to the next round at Misano and visit the Clinica Mobile, where doctors will assess whether he has made a sufficient recovery to participate.
"I am going to Misano to see what the situation is and see what they reckon in the Clinica," he added. "Other than my injuries, I am healthy, and just taking some painkillers. The good thing about going to Misano is that my team and I can make a final decision about riding and the Clinica Mobile has my X-Rays and so on. I will be there from Wednesday of race week, so the advantage is that I can get medical treatment every day I am there. It's worth going for that."