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McCoy`s explosive start to the pre-season ends with a bang

McCoy`s explosive start to the pre-season ends with a bang

McCoy`s explosive start to the pre-season ends with a bang

The pre-season of Australian Yamaha Red Bull rider, Garry McCoy, has ended in a similarly explosive fashion to which it had begun. Following a crash yesterday, McCoy faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines which will force him to miss the first, and possibly second GP of the season. The injury will also prevent him from even getting back on a bike before the opening dates of the MotoGP World Championship.

McCoy broke both the tibia and fibula in his right leg towards the end of the first day of the IRTA tests in Estoril. The 29 year-old had been fastest in Valencia, and was so again at the Portuguese venue until his progress was stopped in its tracks. The x-rays carried out at the circuit revealed a clean break, and with surgery the Australian could be back on his bike in a month and a half. If he doesn't go under the surgeon's knife, his rehabilitation could take as long as three months.

Explaining the incident, McCoy told, 'I'd just come out of the pit-lane with a new tyre, and conditions were quite windy. I wanted to keep on improving my times, but I ended up losing control of the bike and breaking my leg. Now we'll just have to wait and see what happens.'

The Red Bull Yamaha man was inevitably disappointed that his excellent start to the preseason had been cut short by serious injury. 'It's a shame because everything had been going really well. We were satisfied and doing a good job, but unfortunately something like this can occur during testing. We were trying out a lot of different things; tyres, suspension, engine parts and these things do happen.'

McCoy was fully aware of the seriousness of the injury and its implications, 'I'm in the hands of the doctors now. Obviously I want to get back on the bike as soon as possible, but we’ll have to see how the operation, and then the rehabilitation process goes.'

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