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Nagashima recovering from injuries but not expected to return in 2014

Nagashima recovering from injuries but not expected to return in 2014

Tetsuta Nagashima is making good progress following injuries sustained during practice at the Hertz British Grand Prix, but his team do not expect him to return to riding this season.

The 22-year old was airlifted to University Hospital Coventry immediately after the incident where he underwent a CT scan which thankfully revealed no internal injuries. However, he did sustain a dislocated right shoulder, a small fracture in his right hip bone and a fracture to his right tibia and fibula. It later transpired that he also had an injury to his right elbow.

Nagashima has since undergone surgery on his injuries and is now beginning the long process of rehabilitation and healing after which he can resume his racing career. 

His team have given special thanks to Michele Zasa of Clinica Mobile and to the Japanese partners who confirmed their trust in the project supporting a young generation of riders. Due to the injuries he has sustained, his team believe it would not be realistic for Nagashima to ride for the rest of the season.

The team management now is working to find a young rider to fill in for the rest of the year, with the main target to have a rider from the ASEAN region (South East Asia) to make a permanent challenge in the World Championship.

Gianluca Montiron, Teluru team JiR Webike’s Team Principal, commented, “First of all we want to send our very best wishes to Tetsu. We understand well the difficulties of being a rider in today’s modern motorcycle racing world and so he must be strong and take experience from this situation. Again, we all send our thoughts to Tetsu for a speedy recovery.”

At this weekend’s Gran Premio TIM di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini the Teluru Team JiR Webike outfit will field Federico Caricasulo in place of Nagashima.

Although his team are managing expectations about the length of recovery time for Nagashima, the rider himself still hopes a return this season could be possible.

“I have received a lot of good will messages and they are very encouraging. The situation is not good but I'll try to get back on track at the Grand Prix of Japan,” he stated.

Moto2, 2014, GP TIM DI SAN MARINO E DELLA RIVIERA DI RIMINI, Tetsuta Nagashima, Teluru Team JiR Webike

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