TSR decided to retire from German GP on Sunday after the rider Tekkyu KAYO had one lap in the warm up session prior to the race in the morning. TSR was hit by another injury of rider's hand, though this time, was the left hand. The young...
TSR decided to retire from German GP on Sunday after the rider Tekkyu KAYO had one lap in the warm up session prior to the race in the morning. TSR was hit by another injury of rider's hand, though this time, was the left hand.
The young talent who flew from Japan to Germany just for the weekend to replace injured Konny had a highside and crashed during the second Qualifying Practise on Saturday, hitting the back of his left hand hard. He was about to charge for his qualifying lap time but instead this ended it.
When he came back to the pit-box after the accident he sat down on his own for a while not saying a word but was taking time to bear the pain he had from it. He's the man.
From what Tekkyu said we did not expect the injury was that serious but we saw that his hand became swollen in few places. Also the X-ray film taken afterwards showed a chipped bone and 2 cracks.
Despite the serious pain he had he was still willing to ride so he saw Dr. Costa before the start of the Sunday's warm up session and had a dozen of injections to kill the pain.
He actually struggled to put his hand to fit into the glove as his hand was so swollen but somehow managed to do so and went out on the track to see how he would cope with.
We were waiting for his come back in the pit-box quite anxiously, and he came back after having a lap, only to find his left hand could not hold the clutch lever nor to move his wrist up and down to control his bike.
What a hard luck to this 18 year-old boy who came all the way from Japan for the race but could not actually have a go at the race.
Tekkyu and ourselves were all looking forward to finishing with good results at this circuit and were pretty confident about it, he learned and was improving session by session.
However, one good thing was the lap time marked by Jurgen vd Goorbergh on the TSR AC50M showed and proved the potential of the TSR bike.
German GP is over but no summer holiday yet, as our race is still on, Tekkyu and our crew left for Japan to participate in the Suzuka 8 hours this weekend straight after that.
Tekkyu was to ride for this Suzuka 8 hours partnering Konny but unfortunately Tekkyu will have to sit out for a couple of more weeks to come back on the scene again which would not be until the next round of the All Japan Championship in mid-August.
Tekkyu with swollen hand said.....
"Very disappointing result for everybody. But I learned a lot from riding on the 500 cc bike for the first time. It was a very good experience for my career and I would like to express my sincere appreciation to all who made this happen."
Masakazu Fujii, the Team Chairman commented....
"I would like to thank all the people involved and worked hard. This was again a painful decision to retire from the race on Sunday. It ended in this way but I do not think having Tekkyu who had no riding experience on 500 cc bike to race in here was reckless at all, he is not a boy from nowhere. Racing in the Grand Prix in this prestigious 500 cc class is a very precious and limited opportunity, every rider's dream. We were happy to give this chance to this young and talented rider. He certainly challenged and enjoyed, my praise goes to Tekkyu."