Ok, so I said in my previous blog entry that the first two rounds of the season may prove the toughest for us but I sure didn’t expect it to be this difficult! Testing was going well at Phillip Island until I arrived into turn one with no brakes at the beginning of a race run. I think it happens to every rider at one point in their career and I count myself lucky to have escaped with very few injuries. The original x-ray showed that I’d only broken the 3rd metacarpal on my left hand but I had a fair idea there was more damage in there just by looking at the state of it! An MRI later revealed that I had in fact broken the 2nd, 3rd and 4th metacarpals as well as an impact fracture of the hamate. The biggest problem I suffered over the race weekend, however, was with the wrist which had been sprained during the tumble. I struggled under acceleration as well as pushing the bike upright on left handed corners which was highlighted when I suffered a massive highside over Lukey Heights during Friday practice. Throw a sprained left ankle into the mix and we had ourselves two grueling races ahead!
I gritted my teeth for one fast lap on Saturday to put myself 11th on the grid which I was content with. In race one I was set for a solid 8th place finish when the bike jumped out of gear and I had to put the bike down in the gravel trap. I managed 8th in race two though so at least that made our efforts worthwhile. My osteopath Micky Kerr had flown out to Australia to help rehabilitate me in the week leading up to the race weekend. I felt like I was being tortured day after day with the pain Micky put me through but the progress was incredible. I wanted to spill the beans and tell him the answers but I didn’t know anything! In all it amounted to 40 hours of treatment so both Micky and I were tuckered out come night time.
I was back home for ten days before I had to jet off to Miami for a flying visit to a Piaggio convention. Jetlag didn’t cause me any problems as I was still sleeping like a baby after suffering concussion twice in a short period of time. I’m finally feeling back to normal again and I enjoyed the two day test at Aragon. My hand isn’t causing me any major problem on the bike so I’m raring to go this weekend at Imola for Round Two. I reckon Tom Sykes could be the man to beat as he’s on great form but the most important thing for me is to get back up near the sharp end and fight for the podium. There’s still 650 points remaining on the table so I’m not panicking just yet.
Ciao for now.