Koyama moving forward despite broken ankle

Wednesday, 19 April 2006

Koyama moving forward despite broken ankle

Playing through the pain of a broken ankle, Tomoyoshi Koyama has managed to earn crucial championship points in the first two races of the season.

The Japanese rider, who suffered the injury on his left foot in the second free practice in Jerez's season-opener, braved the discomfort to finish twelfth and fifteenth in 2006's first two Grands Prix. After the courageous display, he returned to his home country for treatment and rehabilitation.

"Not only is the ankle broken, but I've also badly damaged ligaments around the fracture. Right now I'm wearing a cast to immobilise the injury and using crutches to move about. This weekend I'll have the cast removed ready to fly out to Turkey on Tuesday," explained the Malaguti rider.

"I had always intended to take part in the race if there was the possibility of earning precious points, however small. Despite being happy with my progress, I feel a little frustrated as I know that I can ride faster. I know that I should be taking things calmly and not hurrying whilst trying to recover."

Speaking about the Istanbul Circuit, where he fought for the victory and eventually finished third last year, Koyama is well aware of the challenge faced by all riders.

"I like the track, but this year the lap times are going to drop by more than two seconds. Everybody is going well, so both myself and the bike will have to be on top form."

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