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Yanagawa detained in hospital after Catalunya crash

Yanagawa detained in hospital after Catalunya crash

Yanagawa detained in hospital after Catalunya crash

Akira Yanagawa will be detained in hospital in Spain until the weekend, after being diagnosed with two compressed vertebrae and ligament damage in his neck following his first lap crash in Sunday´s Gran Premi Marlboro de Catalunya. The Fuchs Kawasaki rider, making his second wildcard appearance of the season aboard the Ninja ZX-RR, was the unfortunate victim of a collision between his team-mate, Andrew Pitt and Proton Team KR rider Jeremy McWilliams just 30 seconds into Sunday´s race. While Pitt and McWilliams escaped injury in the incident, Yanagawa was transported to the local Granollers hospital after complaining of breathing difficulties on his arrival at the circuit medical centre. It was originally thought that he had fractured a number of ribs in the crash.

Following a thorough examination and a series of x-rays, doctors at the hospital confirmed that Yanagawa had sustained two compressed vertebrae and ligament damage to his neck in the first lap incident. The 32-year-old will be detained in hospital until at least the weekend, but it is hoped that an immobilising corset currently being constructed by hospital staff will allow Yanagawa to fly home to Japan on Saturday. A decision regarding Yanagawa´s planned wildcard ride at this year´s British Grand Prix at Donington Park on July 13th will be made once he has undergone a further medical examination on his return to his native Japan.

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MotoGP, 2003

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