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by Shane Stokes
January 31, 2018
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Having missed much of last season due to a knee injury, Heinrich Haussler is once again sidelined after a training crash close to his home in Germany. The Australian rider fell on Tuesday, breaking his collarbone.
“I was fortunate enough to get to the hospital quickly and treated very well on arrival but unfortunately the fracture was confirmed,” he said in a team statement. “I’m pretty confident and very determined that I’ll be back on the bike very soon.
“My form was very good as I had a great training camp with the team in the past few weeks in Calpe. The only bad thing is that I can’t be with the team now and race in Dubai. I feel and believe that this is just a small setback compared with what I’ve been through last year. I’m not really worried, was a bit unfortunate, but the determination is higher than ever, and I’ll be back soon.”
The team’s general manager Brent Copeland described the accident as very unfortunate, noting that Haussler’s physical condition was ‘really coming on very well.’ He said that the medical and technical staff were very happy with his progress up until this point.
“However as always we like to look at the bright side of these circumstances and it is still early in the season,” he said. “Once the operation is completed we are sure Heinrich will be back to competition as soon as the medical staff give the go ahead. He is determined and positive-minded, as always, and this is what makes us believe he will be back racing with the best as soon as he recovers.”