James Toseland has spoken of his extreme disappointment after being told that he could be out of action for up to two months following a serious testing crash at Aragon on Friday.
Toseland highsided his BMW Motorrad Italia S1000RR exiting the long third gear left hander.
Speaking to MCN the two times WSB champion said: “It was a nasty high side and I knew straight away that I’d knocked my hand, but I didn’t think I’d broken it. I also hit my head pretty badly so even though I got up from the crash I was a bit out of it.
“I went straight to hospital and had x-rays and we could see that I had a small fracture to the radius bone in my wrist. Although it’s not ideal I was confident at that point that with some strapping and injections I would be able to race at Donington. But that night my wrist started to swell up badly and even though I’ve broken bones before including a snapped Femur, I’d never felt pain like it – I was in agony to the extent where I didn’t know what to do with myself and I was on the verge of being sick.
“I got back to the UK on Saturday and spoke to a friend of mine who is a hand surgeon at Manchester Hospital and I arranged to go and see him. I had a load more x-rays and when he saw them he was shocked because there were a number of bones badly displaced and there was no blood flow which means you run the risk of the bone dying, which is really serious. Thirty minutes later I was heading to the operating theatre and now my wrist is all wired up and I’ve got wires all over the place.
“It was a big operation and I’ll have to have all the pins in place for six weeks and then I’ll have to get all the movement and strength back.
“I’m absolutely gutted because the test was going well. The lap times we were dong were good and the new parts we were trying were working well including a new gear box – everyone in the team was happy up until the crash.”
“Since the crash I’ve had loads of messages of support and I’d like to thank everyone for their words. It’s been a tough couple of seasons and the support means a lot to me.”
At time of writing there was no word from the BMW Motorrad Italia team on whether Toseland will be replaced at this weekends Donington Park race.