Martin tumour scare

Published: 04 November 2005

Foggy Petronas WSB rider Steve Martin is now glad he crashed in the last round of the season after a scan of his injured kidneys revealed a previously unnoticed tumour.

Martin crashed out of the race and was thought to be uninjured but when he started passing blood shortly afterwards doctors decided to give him an MRI scan to check for internal damage.

The scan revealed a malignant tumour on one of his kidneys and the organ has had to be completely removed.

Martin is positive though, if it wasn’t for the crash the tumour would not have been detected for some time. “It probably wouldn’t have even bled had it not been for the tumour. When the kidney was removed the tumour was found to be malignant so I have been quite fortunate. After the accident I wanted to kiss the rider who caused the accident with my fist, but now I want to kiss him with my lips.”

He has now been given the all clear to start training for the team’s test session in Qatar in December but will miss the coming test in Valencia next week.

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