Cortese training for Austin at full speed

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Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Since Sandro Cortese finished seventh in Qatar nine days ago with a fracture in his left foot, the Moto2™ rider has been working hard in Germany to be ready for the upcoming Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas.

After Cortese qualified second at Losail, missing pole by just 0.02s, he injured his left foot in a crash on his final QP lap. Despite a fractured bone, a deep cut and swelling on the foot the 2012 Moto3™ World Champion was determined to be on the grid only a day later. In the race he fought his way to eighth place and after the disqualification of Takaaki Nakagami he was classified as seventh, his best result in Moto2 to date.

Back in Germany, a hairline crack was diagnosed in the heel bone, with internal bleeding in the left foot. Initially, the 24 year-old had to rest for three days and a week later he was still on crutches, taking care of the foot as much as possible.

Cortese commented, "The stitches have come out and the foot looks good. It's just swollen a bit on the right and left side. The scar must heal now. That's why I try to walk barefoot a lot and use the crutches, in order not to relapse."

The Dynavolt Intact GP rider has been working with his fitness coach Peter Lehmann and is focussed on the forthcoming trip to the Circuit of the Americas.

"The past few days I’ve been working out a lot while seated," explained the rider. "With boxing and individual fitness training I have kept my upper body fit. You have to be creative, but Peter always comes up with new ideas. Now I’ll try to train twice a day on the bicycle, then start in the swimming pool. Swimming is especially good to protect the scar and to get the circulation going, which is good to minimize the bruising."

Cortese has another week of training and recuperation before traveling to Austin, Texas, with his team for round two.

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