Regis Laconi has been allowed to return home almost a month on from his heavy practice crash at the South African round of the FIM Superbike World Championship at Kyalami.
The DFX Corse rider was placed in a medically-induced coma after the accident and subsequently underwent an operation to repair two fractured vertebrae.
He has been recovering at the Sunninghill Hospital near Johannesburg but has now received the all-clear from his doctors, although a return to the track remains some way off.
“Regis Laconi is at home,” read at DFX team statement. read more
Regis Laconi continues to make progress in his recovery from the heavy Friday practice session crash that left him hospitalised with broken cervical vertebrae and on the critical list.
The French rider, who crashed on his out lap in the opening session of the weekend’s World Superbike meeting at Kyalami, remains in intensive care at Johannesburg’s Sunninghill Hospital, but has improved sufficiently for doctors to consider pressing on with the operation to stabilise his neck injury.
Despite having been advised to delay the procedure for several days, Laconi’s condition has been upgraded enough to bring him out of the medically-induced coma into which he was placed on arrival at the hospital and to schedule the operation to insert metal plates to stabilise the vertebrae for Tuesday [19 May]. read more
Following his crash Regis Laconi was taken by helicopter to Sunninghill Hospital in Johannesburg. After undergoing checks later in the evening it was possible to have a better idea of the Frenchman’s condition.
Laconi suffered two broken cervical vertebrae (C3 and C5), severe concussion and a contusion of the lung. A CT scan for eventual neurological damage, proved to be negative and for the moment he is in an induced coma and in a stable condition. After consultation with Dr. Maurizio Zorzi, the South African neuro-surgeon who was called from Pretoria to check on the patient’s condition, it was decided not to operate immediately and to postpone any eventual intervention for a few days. read more
Barring complications, a further three weeks will be required before a clear clinical picture of the situation can be made, during which the French rider will have to remain totally immobile.
Shinya Nakano and Regis Laconi hit the ground running during the first day of testing around the Phillip Island circuit, with both riders coming away with similar lap times.
Although activity on the circuit was limited to Aprilia, DFX Ducati, Stiggy Honda and Kawasaki, as well as a handful of Supersport competitors, both Nakano and Laconi set a fine pace to be just over half a second adrift of Troy Bayliss’ lap record.
Their laps of 1min 33.1secs proved six tenths quicker than Nakano’s team-mate Max Biaggi, although the Italian’s day was cut short by an accident at the Honda Curve, one that left him unhurt but the RSV-4 damaged. read more
The DFX Corse team, run by Daniele Carli, has snapped up Frenchman Régis Laconi for the 2009 World Superbike season, with an option for 2010. The other news from the team based in the Veneto region of north-east Italy is that after three seasons with Honda, DFX will change manufacturer and switch to Ducati.
Laconi can be considered one of the ‘veterans’ of World Superbike. The 33 year-old from Saint-Dizier has taken part in a total of 167 WSBK races, winning 11 and taking seven pole positions. read more