WSBK: McCormick Crash/Injury Update
Team Effenbert-Liberty Ducati
During last weekend’s round of World Superbike at the Assen TT in the Netherlands, Team Effenebert-Liberty Ducati’s Brett McCormick suffered a huge crash, sustaining fractures to the fifth and sixth vertebra, facial trauma and a hematoma to the eye sockets as well as a fracture to the fifth finger of his right hand.
The Canadian also suffered a lumbar fracture, which will result in him wearing a collar and back brace for a few weeks to immobilize the affected areas. His team reports there’s no spinal damage, and McCormick remains at an Assen hospital.
His team reports that “Brett is in good mood; he has the desire to return to ride his bike, he is very confident, above all he hasn’t lost his usual smile that always characterizes him, and this positive mood is very important for him to deal with his rehabilitation.
“With all probability Brett will leave to Canada by tomorrow, with a special trip that will include ambulance transport and a private plane, organized specifically, because the rider has to remain lying not to stress the fractures during the long flight itinerary.”
McCormick’s recovery time is expected to be two to three months.
Mario Bertuccio (Team Effenbert Liberty Ducati Team Owner) says: “I lived very bad moments after Brett’s accident, the joy of the previous hours, with our first win in SBK, has been completely set aside by the great fear for the health of Brett.
“With all my of riders there is not only a simple sporting relationship, but also a sincere friendship. We’re all a big family, we enjoy together and suffer together! I’m close to him and his family and I’ll wait patiently for his recovery.”