Published on 27 Jul 2010 by Toni M.
While the media made a very big deal about Valentino Rossi breaking his leg and his comeback forty odd days after his injury, Motogp rider Randy de Puniet also shattered his left shinbone during the Sachsenring GP just two weeks ago and just inches above his ankle that he broke in a motocross accident two weeks before the Brno race last year.
The LCR Honda rider is hoping to return for the Brno GP just 27 days after his injury and talking to French website Sport-Bikes fills us on how he’s feeling and how his rehabilitation is going.
I wish I could say okay, but it’s not really the case.” said de Puniet. “For 10 days I’ll be doing physio in the morning to reduce the hematoma and then the hyperbaric chamber in the afternoon. Being locked up for an hour and half in a box doing nothing, is a bit painful, but it accelerates the healing, though it does not help the bone calcification. In a week, they’ ll take away the stitches and I hope to go swimming. The problem is they didn’t plate the fibula so I can’t do much and I have to be careful so it won’t crack.”
Asked whether this injury is worse that last year’s ankle injury Randy replied: “Oh, no! This is much less severe because there are no joints or ligaments affected.”
De Puniet is sure that he can make a fast recovery, but isn’t going to push it if it doesn’t work out considering this is the third time he’s broken his left leg.
“Yeah, it’s short, but what I experienced last year with my ankle in just twelve days was much worse. I think being able to return in 27 days. I will do everything to try to be there in Brno, but if there is any risk to my health, I will not take it. It is better to miss one more race and return a fortnight later in form than risk having big troubles later.”
We’re betting that Randy is going to try to be on track at Brno on Friday, August 13th and hoping that he isn’t superstitious, trying to ride his Honda.