Xaus targets Nurburgring return after sucessful surgery

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Ruben Xaus has revealed that he is already itching to make his return to WSB after undergoing a successful operation on his broken right femur. Xaus crashed spectacularly on the opening lap of race one in Brno, which saw his factory BMW S1000RR cartwheel along the side of the track and the Spanish rider slide hard into the gravel trap.

Xaus said:
“I think the reason I hurt myself was because the gravel had not been raked over and the recent rain had made some of the ridges as hard as concrete.  Hitting one of those was what did the damage, otherwise I would’ve just walked away from the crash without a problem.”

Xaus was diagnosed with a broken right Femur and airlifted out of the Brno circuit on Sunday afternoon. He underwent a successful operation at the Centro Medico Teknon hospital in Barcelona on Monday where three screws were inserted into his Femur.

The tough Spaniard was released from hospital on Tuesday and has already begun swimming and physiotherapy in an effort to regain fitness in time for the next round of the WSB championship on 6th September in Germany.

He said:
“The operation went very well and I had three screws put into my femur and twenty-four hours later they told me I could leave! At the moment I am on crutches, because I am not allowed to put any weight on my right leg, but I can sit down normally and get about OK. I can start swimming almost straightway and physiotherapy very soon. I am in no pain and I am really looking forward to getting fit and back on my bike again.”

Xaus’ crash came as a bitter blow to the team due to the huge improvements they had shown at the Czech race. After struggling with the performance of the S1000RR in earlier rounds, both Xaus and his team-mate Troy Corser were on the pace in Brno. Both men qualified in the top eight with Troy Corser going on to lead both races with a best finish of fifth in race one.

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Michael Guy

By Michael Guy

Sports Editor, former 250-racer and adventure rider