Troy Corser says he is hoping he won't be forced to miss any forthcoming rounds of the 2011 World Superbike Championship, despite breaking his arm in an accident at Motorland Aragon.
The Australian was taken off his bike in an unfortunate collision with Maxime Berger, Corser unwittingly turning into the path of the Ducati rider when they both ran off the circuit at the start of the second race.
Diagnosed with a broken ulna and radius of the left forearm, Corser's injury comes a week after Jonathan Rea broke his arm in a high-speed accident at Misano.
However, while Corser himself has been nursing injuries from his own tumble in Italy, he says the clean break of his arm means he could well be back on the BMW for the next round in the Czech Republic in three weeks time.
“I overshot the hairpin at the end of the back straight, but when I turned the bike and headed towards the track again I was hit by Berger. He had also overshot the corner and I was in his way! I think it was my fault, because if had have been in my normal place on the track, I wouldn't have been hit.
“His bike hit my left arm and that's what did the damage. I knew I'd hurt myself and X-rays confirmed that I had broken both bones (ulna and radius) in my left arm. Both breaks are clean breaks, so I am pretty lucky, if I can say that!
“Considering the crash, I could've done a lot more damage to myself. I will see my specialist as soon as I can and find out what has to be done to my arm. He'll let me know what the best course of action is and I'll go from there. Obviously I want to race in the next round in Brno in three weeks, but I'll have see how it all works out.”
For his part in the accident, Berger said it was unfortunate that he struck Corser, but reiterated the former champion's claim that it wasn't his fault.
“In the second race, I found myself caught up in a group of riders who came in contact in the same curve. I tried to avoid falling and moved out of the track, but unfortunately my bike touched Troy Corser and we have fallen. I am very sorry for Corser, but I hade no responsibility for what happened.”