CRUMP UNDER THE KNIFE
Friday 20th July 2012, 06:34
Triple world champion Jason Crump is set to undergo immediate surgery on his broken collarbone in Geneva as he bids to be fit for the FIM Fogo Croatian SGP on July 28.
The 36-year-old crashed in a home match for his Russian league side Vladivostok against Balakovo.
For some riders, a broken collarbone can mean a three-week layoff, which would have kept Crump out of the Gorican meeting.
But the rider’s sponsors Red Bull wasted no time in arranging for the Bristol-born star to stop off in Switzerland on his way home from the Far Eastern track.
With Crump just nine points behind SGP series leader Greg Hancock in the race for the World Championship and level on 78 points with third-placed Chris Holder, the Aussie is desperate not to miss a round.
A statement released on the rider’s behalf read: “Following a crash involving Jason Crump during a Russian league match at Vladivostok, in which he sustained a broken collarbone, he and his Red Bull team remain optimistic of a return to racing in time for the FIM Croatian Speedway Grand Prix, which will take place at Gorican in just over a week’s time.
“Crump, who is currently equal second in the World Championship standings, is on his way back from Russia and will fly directly to Geneva to undergo surgery to repair his injury.
“Prompt treatment for the rider has been arranged by his sponsor, Red Bull and both remain optimistic that he will take his place in the next round of the World Championship.”
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