Michel Fabrizio says he will not let a suspected arm fracture prevent him from competing at this weekend's World Superbike round at Motorland Aragon.
The Italian crashed heavily on the opening lap of the first race at Misano, forcing him to take a trip to the Clinica Mobile, where they diagnosed a probable fracture in the right scaphoid.
Though the full diagnosis will not be revealed until he visits a specialist today [Tuesday], Fabrizio is certain he will be back on the Suzuki Alstare in time for the Spanish round this weekend..
“In race one, I charged off the line as hard as I could because I didn't want the leaders to open a big gap straightaway, but I pushed a bit too hard and highsided in turn three, hurting my right arm in the process.
I went to the Clinica Mobile and was told that I had probably broken my right scaphoid, but that it would take a day or two to confirm it.
“I will go and see a specialist on Tuesday and further X-rays will be taken. For me, it doesn't really matter if I have broken my scaphoid or not, because I will be racing at Aragon next weekend for sure. If I have to have some sort of protective cast on my arm to race, then that's what I'll do. But one thing is for sure, I will be on track again next weekend.”
Despite the fresh injury, Fabrizio lined up for the second race and put in a fine performance to climb his way from 13th to sixth position, though he says he lacked strength by the end of the race.
“I thought that I might as well try and start race two and that's what I did. I fought my way up and passed quite a few riders and was in about seventh place, I think, when the race was stopped. Race two then became a 14-lap race and although I tried my best, I just didn't have the strength to keep the throttle at full gas when I wanted to.
“I lost out a lot on acceleration as a result and that's what prevented me from progressing further up the field - that and the fact that I ran out of laps. I would have preferred a straight 24-lap race because that would've given me time to do lots of overtaking. Without the injury I think I could've mounted a podium challenge - even with my grid position.”
Fabrizio was one of several riders to injure themselves at Misano, with Jonathan Rea suffering an arm fracture, Troy Corser hurting his hip and Leon Haslam breaking a toe.