THUNDERSPORT GB frontrunner Robert Goodall has revealed he won’t race next season as he recovers from injury – but is fighting to be back for 2019.
Goodall, who had been fighting for the Sparklight Golden Era Supersport title up until the final round this year, saw his championship dreams go out the window in a huge crash in the opening race at Donington Park.
The new dad from West Sussex lost the back end of his Goodall Racing Yamaha heading down into Craner Curves, and behind him, Richie Harrison had nowhere to go but straight into him.
Goodall was taken to hospital with a shattered tib and fib in his left leg. He had an operation to pin it the following day, and was up on crutches a day later.
Since then he has been recovering at home with wife, Illy and daughter Esme – who was born just two weeks before his crash – and despite initially hoping to be back on the grid for 2018, he’s been forced to admit it’s going to take a lot longer.
“I won’t be racing next year, I’ve spoken to the doctor and I can’t take the pin out for 12 months so I don’t want to risk crashing with it,” he said “He warned that the recovery for that would be very long and I don’t want that.
“I broke both bones quite badly and had a lot of soft tissue bruising, but luckily no lasting muscle or ligament damage.
“I know my fitness wouldn’t be there to race next year, so I’m taking the year out and will concentrate on getting back out for 2019.”
For Goodall, the whole tough experience was made even harder by the fact that Illy had only just given birth to Esme less than a fortnight earlier, which meant she had her hands full looking after them both.
Thankfully, now his fitness and movements is improving, he is much more able to help out. “I can do a fair amount now so it’s getting easier for her, but it has been hard.
“After the birth, I almost didn’t go to the final race but I did and it happened. I don’t have any regrets…I was second in the championship and I think the regrets would’ve been worse if I hadn’t tried.”
Having returned to the gym for the first time last week, Goodall is now concentrating on his recovery, and with the pressure off for next year, he aims to be back out the following season.
“I’ve been pretty determined to get back up and running as soon as I could even just to get back to work, and now my plan is to come back fitter, stronger and more prepared in 2019.”
*Main and podium image: Colin Port
*X-ray images: Supplied by Robert Goodall