Injured reigning Canadian Superbike Champion Brett McCormick of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan plans to head home to the Prairies in the next few days. McCormick suffered a variety of physical issues, including a spinal fracture, in the second race at the third round of the 2012 eni Superbike World Championship at Assen in the Netherlands last Sunday, April 22.
Twenty year old McCormick remains in hospital near the circuit, and the good news is that medical specialists do not expect neck surgery to be required. While his broken vertebrae are a very serious injury, his specific case is not too threatening. His broken right thumb was set and casted on Sunday night shortly after the incident.
Brett’s father Grant is with his son in the Netherlands, and explained via telephone that their short term plans involved getting Brett back to home in Canada (he was living in Italy for the SBK season), probably in the next couple of days. After his transfer to Canada, McCormick is likely to spend a couple of days in Saskatoon hospital while his local specialists review his condition.
Grant McCormick confirmed that Brett is certainly uncomfortable and restless, but has been allowed to get up and walk around inside the hospital.
While it is impossible to place a guaranteed, specific timeframe of McCormick’s recovery schedule, a best guess would suggest a return to the SBK tour in around three months time, perhaps for the Brno round in the Czech Republic, July 22. The Czech race is considered a home event for much of the Effenbert squad.