Talented teenager on the road to recovery following broken back.
A second serious spinal injury in two seasons has done little to deter Queensland teenager Broc Pearson from chasing his dream to become a professional road racer, planning his return from a broken back at Morgan Park next month.
Pearson, 17, broke the L1 vertebra in the mid to lower part of his back in an incident while contesting the Asia Road Racing Championship as a wildcard at The Bend, but now firmly has his sights set on round five of the Kawasaki Australian Supersport Championship.
“The recovery’s gone really well and in the last couple of weeks things have been improving,” Pearson told CycleOnline.com.au. “The first couple of weeks were a little tough, probably just mentally going through the same type of injury that I went through 16 months ago. It was tough to face being back in hospital, but once I was home and up on my feet, I was able to focus on getting back to training and taking my mind off the injury.
“At about eight to 10 weeks in, I pushed myself maybe a bit too much and was sort of doubting whether I’d be able to get back on the bike. I took a couple of weeks off and now, it’s been a really good couple of weeks of training. I’m feeling good, the body’s healed perfectly and I’m hopefully getting my clearance in the next couple of weeks to be back at Morgan Park and hoping to return even better than when I left.”
Pearson’s first step back aboard his private Yamaha YZF-R6 should come in the next few weeks, which will be important in the lead-up to Morgan Park’s race weekend on 17-19 August. His best result of the season to date has been third overall at Wakefield Park’s second round.