Salom returns to riding after Phillip Island smash

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Team Pedercini Kawasaki rider David Salom has returned to track only a week after the huge smash in Superpole 2 that ruled him out of racing at the opening round of the 2015 World Superbike championship.

Crashing heavily at the fast turn twelve, the Spaniard was left with a serious concussion as well as damage to his hand. However, that didn’t stop him from jumping on a bike as soon as he made it home from Australia, completing a two-day test at Spain’s Calafet circuit.

“I was dispatched from hospital at three in the morning, slept in the house we had just next to the circuit, and by 8am I was back at the circuit for a medical check to be able to gain permission to take part in the Sunday Warm-Up,” he recalls. “That wasn’t possible and I had to accept the decision they took because, at the end of the day, my health is at play here. If I had gone out there, crashed again and taken another blow to the head, that could have been something even more dangerous.

“Regarding the finger injury…because I have had similar injuries there in the past, I’m genuinely not sure whether this fracture was from this crash or a previous one. The main thing is to make sure I am feeling well, that I don’t need to undergo any surgery and that I feel good when I climb aboard a bike. Yes, there are bound to be some niggling things, but the aim is to get to Thailand in three weeks’ time feeling 100%.”

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer