Michael Rutter breaks leg in Honda test07/03/2013
The Vauxhall International North West 200’s second most successful rider, Michael Rutter, has suffered a broken tibia during a pre-season shakedown for the Honda TT Legends’ team at Mireval race circuit in France last weekend. The team had stopped off at the Dunlop-owned testing track en route to the tyre manufacturer’s official test at Albacete in Spain.
13 times North West winner, Rutter crashed on the second day on track (Sunday 3 March) and following an x-ray has been diagnosed with a break at the base of the tibia. He has returned to the UK for further treatment while the rest of the team- John McGuinness, Simon Andrews and Michael Dunlop- continued on to Spain as planned.
40 year old Rutter said after the crash ‘It didn’t feel too bad at first and I was walking around after the crash but we thought it was best to get an x-ray done just to be sure. That revealed a crack at the base of my tibia near the ankle joint. I was given crutches and a temporary cast so I can get back to the UK and get it sorted out. Hopefully it won’t take too long to heal and I’ll be back on the bike as soon as possible.’
After a visit to a specialist in Ipswich on Tuesday the Birmingham rider was informed that it was an‘uncomplicated’ fracture which will heal relatively quickly and allow him to be back in action by Easter, making it certain that he will be fit in time for the Vauxhall North West 200 on May 18.
‘I spoke to Michael today and he was in good spirits even though he said it had been a bad toss and the leg was very sore.’ North West Event Director Mervyn Whyte, MBE, said. ‘Hopefully when he gets treatment all will be well for May 18 and he will be on the North West grid once again.’
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