The latest Bas Vaessen injury update says the Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee rider is in the Intensive Care Unit of an Oxford hospital.
Note: Latest injury updates posted at the foot of this article.
Vaessen suffered a serious injury at the Culham track in Oxfordshire on Sunday, May 2 during the opening MX2 race.
The moto was red-flagged very early on to allow the medics to help Vaessen, who had crashed hard at the bottom of the circuit.
The crash has left the super-fast Dutchman with an all-to-familiar back injury — his girlfriend, Bente, reports that he has broken his vertebrae T8 to T11 but doesn’t need surgery.
It appears to be a similar injury to one he suffered at the MXGP of Asia in 2019.
On that occasion, Bas was left nowhere to go when Thomas Kjer Olsen dropped it in front of him — the contact catapulted Bas high in the air and he landed heavily. If that wasn’t enough, his bike then landing on him.
Later, Bas admitted that the horrific Semarang crash left him with no feeling from the neck down for four minutes.
Bente offered this latest on Bas’ injury status: “For now he is in the adult intensive care unit in Oxford. They are taking very good care of him. He broke his vertebrae T8 to T11, for now this is not the issue and it doesn’t need surgery.
“Unfortunately, he hit his neck again, no new fractions but a lots of swelling.
“For now it is uncertain what the outcome will be in the future.
“We wanna thank you for all the sweet messages you’re sending! I’m going to read the messages to him, but he can’t answer them right now because he can’t move properly. We’ll stay positive and keep you updated.”
All at TMX wish Bas a full and speedy recovery.
Update May 5, 19:58 BST: Vaessen’s girlfriend has just posted a brief update on his current condition. “Bas is stable at the moment and that’s why he’s transferred from the high intensive care unit to the medium intensive care,” the statement says. “At the moment we are really happy with the small improvements, like moving his toes and hand a little bit. He can eat somewhat and has a stable blood pressure. We have a long way to go and we remain positive. Love Bente & Bas”