CRUMP CONFIRMED FOR CROATIA
Tuesday 24th July 2012, 19:33
Australian legend Jason Crump’s World Championship hopes are very much alive after he confirmed he will race in the FIM Fogo Croatian SGP on Saturday night.
The triple world champion suffered a broken collarbone in a Russian league meeting at Vladivostok on Thursday – an injury which may have sidelined some riders for around three weeks.
Crump is just nine points behind SGP series leader Greg Hancock and missing the seventh round of the competition would have left his title hopes in tatters.
But Crump immediately flew to Geneva for surgery, courtesy of his main backers Red Bull. The bone was plated and, while the 36-year-old will not practice in Gorican on Friday, he intends to take part in the meeting.
"I will be resting for the remainder of the week and will not practice on the Friday; I will just be observing the others and seeing how the track shapes up."
- Jason Crump
The Bristol-born man said: "They operated on me at 5pm on Saturday, plated my collarbone and I was released from hospital around lunchtime on Sunday.”
He added: "I will be resting for the remainder of the week and will not practice on the Friday; I will just be observing the others and seeing how the track shapes up and then looking forward to getting a good result on Saturday night. Fingers crossed I have a bit of luck on my side."
Crump was quick to praise Red Bull and their surgeons for getting him back on track so fast after what could have been a very costly spill.
He said: "I could not have been in better hands. These guys were magic and I will definitely be riding this weekend thanks to them."
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