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WorldSBK Catalunya: Ana Carrasco ruled out for remainder of SSP300 season

Kawasaki Provec WorldSSP300 rider and former champion Ana Carrasco will take no further part in this season's championship after a testing crash at Estoril.

Carrasco, her team and doctors at the Dexeus clinic in Barcelona have decided to perform surgery today to stabilise the injuries in three vertebrae and allow a faster recovery.

The operation will be carried out by Doctor Ubierna and her team, at the Dexeus clinic in Barcelona and if everything evolves as planned, in a few days Ana will be able to start walking and in a few weeks to start isometric exercises.


"We observed a fracture of the dorsal column, which partially affects the T3 vertebra and at the T4 and T6 levels affects the entire vertebral body causing a loss of height of approximately 50 per cent," said Dr Ubierna.

"An MRI was also performed to assess neurological involvement and we detected a small displacement, 2mm, at the T4 level that invades the bone canal but does not affect the spinal cord.

After evaluating it with Ana and her family and professional environment, the risk and benefit of the possible treatments are determined, and it is considered appropriate to perform surgery to stabilise the fractures and allow early mobilisation.

"The surgery will be performed under control of the spinal function at all times. We estimate that if everything evolves as expected in 48 hours, she could start sitting and walking and the idea would be to authorise her to start isometric exercises after three weeks.

"It is estimated that within a period of three months, she will be able to progressively incorporate into a professional activity. Once the healing of the fractures has been achieved, the removal of the implanted titanium material is planned."

Carrasco added: ""This was definitely not the plan for this week, my idea was to race at my home race this weekend at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya and continue fighting for the World Championship of WorldSSP300, but hey, falls and injuries are part of my job as a rider.

"For my part, the 2020 season is over and tomorrow I start my '2021 preseason', I want to thank all the people who have helped me. these last five days that are a lot and those that will do it in the coming months, all of them already know who they are and with all of them I count for next year, also the thousands of messages of encouragement that I have received and they help me a lot."

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