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Garry McCoy on the quick route to recovery in Austria

Garry McCoy on the quick route to recovery in Austria

Garry McCoy on the quick route to recovery in Austria

After all my injury problems last year I was hoping for better luck this time around, and things seemed to be going well until I broke my leg in Estoril. It is a huge blow and of course I am very disappointed, but after my operation in Vienna on Sunday I am already back on the road to recovery and looking towards the IRTA tests at Suzuka in just over a month as a realistic comeback target.

The surgeon was very pleased with the way the operation went and he said that there is no reason why I can't be fit enough in time to fly to Japan at the end of next month. I went straight from the hospital on Monday morning to a recovery clinic in Austria, and I will stay here until we leave for Suzuka. Famous motorsports stars like Nikki Lauda and Heinz-Harald Frentzen have been treated here, so I know I am in safe hands and I will be doing my best to get back on my feet as soon as possible.

It is a case of starting slowly and building up my exercise programme, but fortunately I have not needed a cast. The breaks in my tibia and fibula were clean and I can put some weight on my right leg. I need crutches to get around but I can already walk a couple of metres without them, so hopefully I can do away with them altogether soon and step up my exercises.

An injury like this before the season has even started is very frustrating, but I have to look at the positives. Providing there are no setbacks here in Austria I will only miss one test, the IRTA sessions at Catalunya, and will be fighting fit for the first race of the season in Japan.

500cc, 2001

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