Update on Robert Schotman and Manuel González

Friday, 18 May 2018 10:34 GMT

Dutchman still in hospital after Imola crash, while González hopes to make it to Donington

Robert Schotman (Motoport Kawasaki) remains hospitalised in Bologna after the accident he suffered at the Pata Italian Round. The Dutch rider was involved in an incident with Manuel González (Pertamina Almeria BCD Junior Team by MS) on lap 4 of the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship race, after which he was immediately transported by helicopter to the Ospedale Maggiore hospital in Bologna.

The rider, who remained conscious after the crash, was diagnosed with pelvic injury in polytrauma, as well as a bruised bladder. Schotman will remain at the Bologna hospital until the doctors deem that a return home is safe, while they assess whether surgery will be required.

In an interview with Dutch website, Schotman has explained how the recovery is going: “As far as my pelvis is concerned, they will be looking at this by means of a scan this afternoon. The doctors were convinced Sunday night that surgery was necessary, at this moment the doctors are now less certain. I hope to get more clarity about this in the coming days”.

“The recovery will certainly take several months, the next three races before the summer I can forget”, adds Schotman. “After these three races in Donington, Brno and Misano there is a long summer break, it would be nice if I could be back for the last two races in the second part of September in Portimâo and Magny Cours”.

Schotman currently sits 15th in the WorldSSP300 championship with 11 points. He was seventh overall last year, with a personal best of two third-place finishes.

Meanwhile, Manuel González went through surgery on Wednesday to repair his fractured right collarbone, injured in the incident with Schotman. The 15-year-old has explained what steps were taken following the crash: “On Monday, when I returned from Italy, I went straight to the hospital in Madrid, where they told me surgery would be necessary. As Tuesday was a local bank holiday, we had to wait until Wednesday. Surgery was in the afternoon and went well. I was feeling better the next day, and now everything is ok”.

‘Manugass’ hopes to make it to the UK Round, although he’s aware that riding so soon after surgery will carry an extra risk factor: “I hope to make it, the downside is that if I fall again I could do more damage. On Monday I’m meeting the doctor, I imagine the decision will be made then”. The Spaniard is 16th in the standings, with 7 points.

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