The good news from South Africa is that Regis Laconi's condition is slowly improving. He has been brought out of the medically-induced coma, and can move all his limbs independently. The team issued the following press release this morning at 9am, which stated the following:
Regis Laconi’s medical status has improved slightly. The French rider, having fallen on entering a fast left-hand curve in the first minutes of the free practice session on Friday morning, is now in intensive care in Sunninghill Hospital in Johannesburg. The process of slowly awakening the rider from his drug-induced coma went well and Regis is able to move his arms and legs without assistance. This positive news means that surgery will now go ahead to insert a plate to support the two fractured vertebrae. After the operation, which will take place on Tuesday 19th May, there will follow two weeks of bed rest in the same hospital. If all goes to plan, at the end of the month and with the help of Europe Assistance, Regis should fly to Paris where he will continue his recovery. The other neurological problems that he suffered as a result of the impact are also being treated with positive results. Daniele Carlo (Team Manager), Lucio Gomez (Technical Director) and the rest of the DFX Corse Team want to once again thank all of those people whose professionalism has helped during this difficult time. Thanks also to the staff of the Clinica Mobile, to the medical personnel of the Kyalami circuit and to the team of doctors at the Sunninghill Hospital in Johannesburg for everything they have done.