Loris Baz took a hard fall during warm up at Nurburgring and was initially thought to have sustained a serious back injury. The outlook is now more positive and he expects to make a full recovery.
After a fast crash in morning warm-up at the recent German round of the Superbike World Championship Loris Baz was released from hospital one day later and is now recovering at home in France.
Loris injured his back in the accident and although there was no spinal or neurological damage from the outset, fractured vertebrae were suspected. His medical situation is now more positive and Loris is already on his way to making what is expected to be a full recovery.
All in the Kawasaki family would like to join Loris in passing on their thanks to championship organizers Dorna and all the medical teams who have been involved, first in Germany, then near the KRT squad’s base in Spain and soon in Loris’s native France. The KRT team will continue to support Loris in his recovery programme as they have done since the accident last Sunday.
Based on the situation so far the team now hopes Loris will be able to race at the next round of the championship, in Turkey on September 15th.
Guim Roda: Kawasaki Racing Team Manager: “After two days of tests in Barcelona with the team doctors and some other specialists we consider Loris should be strong enough to race in Turkey. Loris will have some pain in the area of his injury for some days but we hope it will not affect his performance on the bike. Loris is 20 years old, a strong guy, and this was important in resisting the effects of the crash and for his recovery. All being well, we expect him to show the same level he had in Silverstone and Nürburgring. We want to thank all the doctors for the fast reaction and support during this matter with Loris.”
Loris Baz: KRT Rider: “First of all I want to say thank you to all my family, friends and fans for the messages of support. I appreciate them a lot. I feel better now only a few days after the crash but I am still in some pain. We should have more news about my recovery at the beginning of next week when I see more specialists, so we will see what they say. But in general it is better than they thought right after the accident, which is really good. My father drove me home on Monday, then we went to Spain to see some specialists and now I am back home in France again. I tried to keep everybody up to date on Facebook and Twitter, but there were a lot of changes and developments on the medical side so it was not that easy to know what to tell people all the time. Most importantly things are better than we thought. Right now we are looking at a physiotherapy regime to be put in place. If everything works out as it should I will go to Turkey and try to race because my back feels much better than it did on Sunday. I want to say thanks to all the medical teams in Germany, Barcelona and now France. Also a big thanks to my team – they have been really close to me and that is very important right now.”