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Tamada shows phenomenal recovery

Rehab 2013

Makoto Tamada, who crashed at the Suzuka 8 Hours, fracturing his left scapula and clavicle, three places in his left ankle, and amputating his left middle finger, showed a phenomenal recovery which even his doctors are surprised, will be heading to Suzuka this week to make revenge at the historic circuit.  The Asia Road Racing Championship will be racing at Suzuka this weekend for the first time in the series history.

Tamada went through surgery on his amputated finger at the hospital in Suzuka.  Because his bones were in tact, new flesh and skin has reformed, and is now close to a 100% recovery.  After transferring to a hospital in Tokyo, Tamada went through surgery on his left clavicle and his left ankle, installing a plate on his clavicle and 4 bolts to his left ankle.  He started his painful rehabilitation program immediately after his surgery. The doctors were surprised on the speed of his recovery.  According to Tamada, his left ankle is now moving like it used before the crash.  However, the fractured bones are not yet mended, so there is a possibility of a re-fracture.

According to the doctor, a normal person would stay in bed for at least month, so for Tamada to be released from the hospital in 2 weeks, is probably because he is a professional athlete.  His left shoulder has flamed up due to excessive rehab, but now it has cooled down using anti-inflammatory drugs.

Tamada understands the risk he will encounter if he decides to race, but nevertheless decided to do so.  He is currently second in the Championship, and also has a job to support his teammate Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman, who is currently leading the Championship.

Round 4 of the Asia Road Racing Championship will take place, August 30th to September 1st, at Suzuka Circuit in Mie, Japan.

Makoto Tamada, comment
“I am still far from a full recovery, but intensive rehab after my surgery, made me comeback to a point where I think I can race.  My manager and others tell me that I should not force myself into racing this week, but as a professional rider, I need to at least try, if I think I can race.  I fully understand the risks that would be involved.  I cannot be 100% sure until I ride, but if I find that my riding will be dangerous for other riders, or I am not competitive enough, I can decide then if I should continue or not.  But, I will try my best to be competitive enough to race in the front group”

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