Joan Lascorz, the Spanish World Superbike racer who suffered serious injury in a testing crash at Imola on April 2, is conscious and remains hospitalized in the Intensive Care Unit of Hospital de la Vall d'Hebron in Barcelona, Spain. Doctors had planned to move Lascorz to a recovery center within the hospital, but that likely won't happen until next week as his lungs have yet to clear.

In relation to the spinal cord injury Lascorz suffered in the crash, it's still to early to tell the extent of those injuries, according to his team.

"First of all we want to thank everyone for the interest and respect shown after Joan's accident, especially in his native Spain, but also from all over the world," said Lascorz' personal manager Guim Roda. "Friends, industry professionals and journalists - many thanks for all the support. We need to emphasize above all the effort and love of his parents Juan and Maribel and all his family who are hour-after-hour beside Joan and their closest friends. Thanks also for the attention and organization of all the doctors involved, and to the Catalan and Spanish Motorcycling Federations.

"Our communication is brief and cautious because of the severity of the injury, uncertainty about the chances of recovery and because time has stopped for us. Now the changes and improvements are measured in weeks rather than days.

"Now, the first and most important thing is to stabilize Joan so he can start his recovery, remove the tracheotomy so he can speak fluently, then together with him we will plan his recovery and the communication process. In terms of the reasons for the accident and the reasons that caused the injury, at least two months will pass before the first accurate information will be released."

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By Cycle News Staff

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