Involved in the last round of the Guadeloupian Motocross Championship, SÃ©bastien damaged his shoulder and hip after a crash in the first race. He will have to rest at home during a month.
Invited for a week in the Caribbean with several other French riders, including teammate Maxime Emery and GP rider Jeremy Tarroux, SÃ©bastien enjoyed the nice weather over there and relaxed during a few days after a long season. He discovered the track of Lamartin home of this final event on Saturday, and he was leading the opening race on Sunday afternoon when he crashed during the second lap.
Suffering from his left shoulder and hip, he was carried to the hospital of Pointe-Ã -Pitre where the doctors fixed both injuries. He had a quiet night and was joking when his parents visited him Monday morning, a few days before his repatriation. SÃ©bastien will be back in France on Thursday morning, and will be transferred to the hospital of Aix-en-Provence where Professor Olivier Dufour will do new exams and will continue with his recovery.
SÃ©bastien Pourcel: “The crash was not impressive but I landed heavily on my left side, and I realized immediately that I was injured pretty seriously. I couldnâ€™t move my left arm and leg, and it was painful. In fact both my shoulder and hip were dislocated, and the doctor in Pointe-Ã -Pitre put both in place. Now I will have to rest during one month, and then I will be able to start practicing. Initially my plan was to go training in the US in January, so now I have to change my plans and I just in Europe to prepare myself for the 2009 season. Unfortunately injuries are part of our sport, and you can get injuries every day when you race or train. This will not change my goal for next season, and with the full support of Kawasaki I want to battle for the title. After our successful testing sessions in Japan I stay optimistic, I know that I will be ready for the first GP in three months.”