Turkey WSBK: Camier undergoes operation, out for two rounds

Leon Camier is targeting a return for the final round of the 2013 World Superbike Championship after undergoing an operation on his broken foot.
Leon Camier is set to miss at least two of the season's final three World Superbike rounds after undergoing an 'intricate operation' on his broken foot.

The Fixi Crescent Suzuki rider was flung into a high-side during the early stages of first free practice at Istanbul Park, Camier coming down heavily to suffer a broken foot, a hairline fracture in his ankle and contusions to his elbow.

Though it was hoped Camier would still be able to race this weekend, it became apparent that he would instead require surgery to have pins and screws inserted in his foot, much to his frustration.

“I am obviously really disappointed with what happened yesterday and frustrated that I now have to miss some races,” said Camier, who has been joined by Carlos Checa, Loris Baz and Max Neukirchner on the sidelines this weekend.

“As far as the crash goes, I knew the grip was bad and I was riding accordingly in the conditions. I went through the first left-hander at the top of the hill and the rear just came round on me off the gas – I was really not expecting it to happen!

As a result, Camier could be forced to call time on his season early, the rider consigned to missing the next two rounds at Laguna Seca and Magny-Cours with a view to returning for the concluding Jerez round.

“It has left me with seven fractures in the foot and I've got wires, pins and screws in there. It was an intricate operation and the surgeon made sure he did the best job he could. We now have to work out how to get the best rehabilitation for it and I'll be pushing as hard as I can to come back for Jerez.”

Camier's absence from the next round at Laguna Seca could potentially prompt a return to competition for former Fixi Crescent Suzuki rider John Hopkins. The American, who lives close to the circuit, has been forced to take a sabbatical from racing due to hip injury sustained whilst competing for the team in World Superbikes last season.

Maintaining a close relationship with the team, Hopkins famously finished runner-up with Crescent Suzuki in the British Superbike Championship in 2011.

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