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Australian World Superbike racer Brendan Roberts is recovering slowly after his horror crash in the first corner of first lap of the first race at Monza a couple of weeks ago.

Roberts' Guandalini Ducati was hit from behind and a domino effect saw it eventually skittle the Alstare Suzuki of Max Neukirchner, who broke his femur in the melee.

Since the crash at Monza I've been recovering at home in Europe. I would have liked to go back home to Australia but due to my leg injury, flying wasn't possible," said Roberts.


Besides all the odd bumps and bruises I received, there were a lot of them, the major on going problem is a torn left quad muscle, which now has a pocket of blood which doesn't seem to want to clear. A week ago I had one of the biggest needles known to man kind stuck in me; it went into my leg and through the muscle trying to drain what it could but this was to no avail.

"They have to keep an eye on this and may need to do a small operation if it doesn't clear on it's own. The muscle is slowly repairing itself and this week I have been able to start cycling along with the swimming exercises I've been doing at the beach.

"I hope to return to racing as soon as possible, although it depends on the movement and strength as walking is still an effort at the moment. I'll be going to Donington as a spectator, catching up with everyone I haven't seen for while... anything to get out of the house and close to the action.

"I would also like to wish Max a very speedy recovery and I’m just sorry that my bike hit him so hard, it was a very scary crash and I think something should be done with the first turn. I was struck from behind and the side which sent me onto the grass, I was trying desperately to try and slow down but nothing was happening, I laid the bike down but knew it would be crossing the path of the other riders and sadly it did. I hope everyone who was involved will be fit and back racing soon."

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