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Motorsport | Superbikes

Joan Lascorz © Gallo Images

Lascorz has 'mobility in his arms and hands'



Joan Lascorz has been transferred to the Guttman Institute where he will continue his rehabilitation after suffering a "severe spinal cord" injury.

The Kawasaki Racing rider, taking part in an official Superbike test at Imola last month, lost control of his ZX-10R in the uphill section of the circuit from Tosa to Piratella and crashed heavily.

Lascorz suffered spinal injuries in the crash with his team revealing in the latest update that the 27-year-old, who still has no feeling in his legs or abdominal area, has now been transferred to the Guttman Institute, which specialises in rehabilitation of spinal cord injuries.

"Joan has been recovering respiratory capacity after post-traumatic complications after the accident," his team said in a statement. "A few days ago the medical team at Hospital Vall d'Hebron withdrew the cannula tracheostomy thanks to good performance of Joan's respiratory system.

"Joan remains fully conscious, talking, without any mental consequences and remembers all the Imola crash, which in due time will be analyzed and explained.

"Joan has sensitivity and mobility in his arms and hands, but right now has no feeling in the legs or the abdominal area.

"After the doctors and therapists have checked him at the Guttman Institute a detailed medical statement will be issued to explain the full extent of his severe spinal cord injury and his potential recovery."

The team took the time to thank everyone involved in Lascorz's recovery as well as the teams and riders from both Superbikes and MotoGP who have shown their support for the Spaniard.

"The team and Joan want to pass on their thanks to all doctors and nurses of Vall d'Hebron for their dedication and attention to Joan.

"Again Joan and its family would like to thank everyone for outpouring of support that has been evident during this time. Especially those of all his peers, as was demonstrated by all Superbike riders both in Monza and Donington, Sykes, Haslam, Melandri, etc.

"Also Lorenzo, Espargaró, Marquez and all the riders that showed support and had Joan's symbol in their fairings and helmets in the last MotoGP race.

"It was very emotional to see Espargaró and Marquez fighting for victory in the last GP of Portugal, with tributes to Joan in the screens of the two fairings. To them, to all the teams and everyone who cares every day about the situation of Joan, thank you very much."

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