Haga Has Broken Arm Plated, Likely To Race At Brno

Noriyuki Haga seems to have had a lucky escape at Donington, after his huge crash at Coppice Corner saw him being slammed multiple times by his tumbling Ducati 1198F09. The cracked vertebrae he was suspected of suffering turned out to have been older injuries which had already healed, and scans in the local hospital in Derby revealed just a broken arm and a fractured shoulder blade. The Japanese star had surgery today to fix his arm, and looks set to rejoin the series at Brno to defend his championship lead against Ben Spies. The silver lining to Haga's crash is the four-week break between the Donington round and Brno, which should allow his injuries to heal sufficiently for Haga to race well enough to limit any points damage to Spies in the Czech Republic.

The details of Haga's surgery and expected recovery were released in a press release from Ducati, which follows:

At 5pm this afternoon Ducati Xerox rider Noriyuki Haga underwent successful surgery at the Derby City Hospital. Having fractured the ulna in his right arm in yesterday's crash at Donington Park, Noriyuki today had a plate and screws inserted to set the bone. The surgical team deemed the surgery a success and there were no unforeseen complications.

Prior to the operation, medical staff took a closer look at his right shoulder blade and an x-ray unfortunately confirmed that he has multiple fractures to his left scapula. The scapula will not necessitate surgical intervention and the bone should knit itself back together in time; this complication should not prolong Noriyuki’s recovery time. The Japanese rider should be discharged from hospital tomorrow (Tuesday) and he and his family will fly back to Italy so that Noriyuki can begin the necessary physiotherapy treatment.

The Ducati Xerox rider will not participate in the next tests at Imola but it is foreseen that he will compete in the next round at Brno.

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i am going to be amazed if haga rides at brno. i think there's some FUD here going on. i'm crossing my fingers all this good news is real but my heart says we don't know the extent of the injuries yet.

4 weeks is not enough time for bones to heal. If he rides it'll be just to save a few points. It'll take massive pain killers and balls just to do that.

If Haga thinks he can get even a few points, I bet he'll ride. These guys aren't normal... remember Doohan sewing his legs together so he could recover faster? Or more recently: John Hopkins trying to race with his hip swollen so big his leathers wouldn't fit over it.

hopper paid a price for his early return and ended up in the eurosport commentator box for race 2.

that's the big risk. go for low points and risk further injury? or recover and go for big points in the remaining rounds? i'm sure haga wants to go with the first option (or maybe option 3: go for big points - slam bam :D)