Kev Coghlan has thanked the medical staff at Jena University Hospital and the racing community for the massive support he's received as he leaves hospital after two surgeries to stabilise vertebra which he broke in a heavy crash while racing in the German IDM Superbike championship.

The European Superstock 1000 front runner had been riding as a replacement for the injured Max Neukirchner and Damian Cudlin in the German championship and suffered a nasty off during the second IDM superbike race at Schleizer Dreieck.

The Scottish rider required two surgeries to stabilise the eleventh and twelfth vertebra, which were performed on the 3rd and 4th of August.

It was discovered Coghlan suffered seven broken thoracic vertebra - rather than the initial six reported - and according to Yamaha he has been making 'good progress' two weeks after the crash and has been discharged from hospital to return home to Scotland.

"First of all I would like to thank the medical staff at the Department of Neurosurgery of Jena University Hospital for their caretaking, they have done a very professional job" Coghlan said. "I would also like to thank the fans and everybody in the racing community for their positive messages over these last few weeks.

"That said, I'm really glad to be out of the hospital, I'm a lot more comfortable now. I feel like I'm a bit stronger and mobile every day. I'm really looking forward to starting the rehabilitation, to speed things up and recover."

Next week Coghlan will fly to Spain to commence a physiotherapy plan which will aim to improve his recovery.

Unfortunately the Scot's season is over as doctors recommended he should not return to racing and estimated a six-month recovery period.

As a result, Coghlan - who sits fifth in the European Superstock 1000 championship - will miss the final two rounds in Jerez (18-20 September) and Magney-Cors (2-4 October), but is targeting a return to riding again in two to three months time ahead of the 2016 season.

 

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