Brett McCormick will spend the night under observation in the local Assen hospital following his crash in race two of today’s eni Superbike World Championship round at Assen. The reigning Canadian Superbike number one plate holder was involved in an incident mid-race with Althea Ducati rider Carlos Checa and tumbled across the run off in turn 12, getting hit along the way by his own Ducati 1098R. McCormick was in 11th position at the time, while World Champ Checa was a lap down, having pitted to change to dry tires in the changeable conditions.
McCormick was briefly unconscious following his fall and doesn’t remember the period immediately following the incident. Transported to the infield Medical Centre, McCormick was eventually sent to the nearby hospital in Assen for further tests.
As well as suffering a broken right thumb, a CT scan indicated that McCormick had broken the C5 vertebrae in his neck (a press release from the team indicated that the C6 was also fractured). A specialist form the local University hospital in Groeningen examined the Effenbert Liberty racer, and the decision was made to wait overnight before deciding what procedures would be required for McCormick to complete his recovery.
Brett’s father Grant, as well as his Team Owner Mario Bertuccio and Crew Chief/good friend Luca Capocchiano visited with McCormick in the Emergency Room, enjoying some humor once McCormick had his thumb set and the pain killers kicked in. Wearing a neck brace, McCormick had a photo taken of his face to see how badly his swollen eyes were likely to look Monday morning.
It will take a few days to determine the extent and appropriate treatment for McCormick’s injuries, so no specific time frame is in place for his return to the track. While incapacitated, McCormick also wanted to thank his fans for their solid support.
Exclusive for IM by Colin Fraser