HAMPEL TARGETS 2015 RETURN
Jaroslaw Hampel insisted “I’ll try to do everything I can to get back on the bike again this year” as he recovers from a broken femur.
24 / 06 / 2015, 16:38
Polish hero Jaroslaw Hampel insisted “I’ll try to do everything I can to get back on the bike again this year” as he begins his recovery from a broken right femur.
The SGP star broke the bone in two places and split the broken section when he crashed hard in heat four of Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup Event 1 in Gniezno on June 6.
He underwent surgery in Poznan and a metal rod was inserted to support the bone during the healing process. Hampel admits he cannot give a definite comeback date yet and expects to know more in a month. But contrary to some reports, he has far from given up on the idea of racing again this season.
This injury doesn’t break me – I’m sure of that. I plan to come back stronger than before.
The Polish team captain said: “It is possible. I believe that and I’ll try to do everything I can to get back on the bike again this year.
“There are so many things I’m trying to do to make that happen, but coming back this year is not guaranteed. The doctors can’t guarantee it. So I have to wait and see how the rehabilitation goes. In one month I’ll know much more, I’m sure.
“Everything depends on how my rehabilitation goes and how long it takes for the bones to stick together again. Even the doctors cannot say the date when I can get back on the bike again. First of all, I need to be healthy and feel good. Then I can think about getting on the bike again.”
Hampel sits out the Adrian Flux British SGP at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium on July 4, with Danish racer Peter Kildemand taking his place.
But the Zielona Gora and Vetlanda favourite remains in very good spirits and says he’s happy with his progress. He said: “I’m going the right way with my rehabilitation. I’m taking small steps, and it’s so hard to do anything more in the beginning.
"Day by day, I can see I’m moving forward and everything is looking really good.
“Of course, the pain I get is less than before. A few days after the operation, I didn’t feel so good. I had to stay in hospital a few days more. But I went home last week. Now I can stay at home and have my treatment with my physio. Now I’m feeling good.
“I can’t walk by myself of course. I can’t move my legs too much. I can take some steps on crutches. I can walk with these, but not too much of course.
“I can’t put my leg hard to the ground, but the crutches mean I don’t have to spend all day in my bed. This is good for the moment.”
This isn’t the first time Hampel has been forced to bounce back from a serious break. A broken ankle suffered at the Danish SGP in Copenhagen ended his 2012 season.
The 33-year-old is refuses to let another injury blow get him down, though. He said: “I remember my last injury in 2012. Then I lost a few months and got back on track for a month at the end of the season. I didn’t race well because everyone was in good shape and I wasn’t.
“But in the winter I worked hard to prepare everything again and in 2013, I finished second.
“I have to say anything is possible. This injury doesn’t break me – I’m sure of that. I plan to come back stronger than before; I plan to come back with good power. This is my target.”