Following his dramatic crash on the first corner in the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup race at ‘Autodromo Nazionale di Monza’ on 12 May, many racing fans were uncertain as to Greg’s welfare after he was thrown up in the air and landed back on the ground with a spectacular bump.
It was first thought that that the South African sustained a broken leg from his crash and most were concerned that he might not make it out on his BMW HP4 for a while. However, word came from the medical centre that the BMW Motorrad GoldBet Italia rider had escaped with just a sprained ankle as a sore, but lucky souvenir of his time in Monza.
“I don’t really remember too much about the accident. I know that I was seventh on the grid and got a great start compared to everyone else. I went to the right because everyone was bunching up. I was trying to time it nicely so that I could brake late but I was on the right hand side of the track. We all hit the brakes and the guys who were on the left side of the track started to go to the right – and that’s where I was,” said Gildenhuys.
“For sure it knocked me out, I faintly remember the doctors trying to take my helmet off. Then we went to the medical centre and they checked it out. I was sore everywhere on the left hand side of my body and my neck. I soon felt OK though!”
On the Monday following the crash he travelled back to South Africa with his parents for some much needed rest and recuperation.
“I will be going into the compression chamber to try and heal my body up faster. We have a test in Portimão so I would like to try and get ready for that and then of course for the race. I think I will be OK.”
Everyone at BMW Motorrad wishes Greg a speedy recovery and can’t wait to see him back and fighting fit for the race in Portimão on 9 June at the Autodromo Internacional do Algave.