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Harada breaks collarbone in Estoril
Japanese rider Tetsuya Harada has broken his left collar-bone after falling during the opening laps on the first day of IRTA tests at the Estoril circuit in Portugal today. The 31 year-old has fractured his collar-bone in the same place that he has already had a metal plate inserted in.
Following consultations with doctors at the racetrack, Harada has decided not to undergo surgery after being told that absolute rest for a period of 18 days should be enough to let the bone totally heal. He chose this option with an eye on being fit for the IRTA tests in Cataluyna which will take place on March 9th and 10th.
The Honda NSR500 rider said of the accident, 'I'd just finished running the engine in and was getting back up to pace when suddenly, on entering a right-hand corner, I fell and broke my collar-bone. It could have been because the track was dirty as the Formula One cars were using it yesterday. I've decided not to operate on the injury because the doctors have told me that with 18 days of rest I'll be completely recovered and ready to get back out on the track in Barcelona. One thing's for sure though, my season hasn't got off to a good start.'
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