MotoGP: Smith awaiting scan results on knee injury

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Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider Bradley Smith is awaiting the results of an MRI scan to determine how serious the injuries to his knee are after a high speed collision with another rider during qualifying for this weekend’s Oschersleben 8 Hour race in Germany.

Wildcarding for the YART squad, the Suzuka 8 Hour winner was initially diagnosed with a fracture to his femur, an injury that has now been downgraded to ligament damage to his knee – an injury that his medics still haven’t determined the seriousness of.

“I had an MRI scan done on my knee, which showed some ligament damage. Now we are waiting for the specialist to give us some information, which is Doctor Mir from Barcelona. He is aware of my injury, is informed and was sent the MRI pictures. As soon as we hear from him, we will be able to put together the right procedure.”

The Yamaha rider remains in Magdeburg Hospital with Monster Energy Two Wheeled Motorsport Manager and close friend Jake Harrison playing nurse, but is expected to be released for the journey home tomorrow.

“The operation that I had yesterday was just to fix the hole in my leg that was caused by the impact. There are no fractures and we are using the MRI to check any other damage. Once assessed we will be able to plan my recovery process.”

Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer