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Motor racing - Bourdais released from hospital

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May 20, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; IndyCar driver Sebastien Bourdais signs an autograph before qualifying for the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

(Reuters) - Sebastien Bourdais, injured in a spectacular crash during qualifying for the Indianapolis 500, was discharged from hospital and moved to a local rehabilitation facility, IndyCar said on Thursday.

The Frenchman sustained multiple pelvis fractures and a fractured right hip when he crashed nose first into the wall of notorious turn two at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday.

He later underwent successful surgery and was released from the hospital on Wednesday, IndyCar said.

"I'm obviously really happy to be up on my feet and feeling pretty good about being able to walk on crutches," Bourdais said in a statement. "It's going to be a bit of a long road ahead.

"I still have six weeks before I can put weight on my right leg and put my foot on the ground, but after that it should be pretty smooth sailing," he said.

"I'm really looking forward to the day I can get back in the car, and hopefully that will be before the end of the season. I look forward to seeing you guys at the track."

Doctors said they expect it to take eight weeks for the Frenchman's fractures to heal before he can put weight on the right leg again.

"Sebastien is progressing amazingly fast for having pelvis and hip fractures, and considering the severity of the crash," said orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Kevin Scheid. "He is walking with crutches, in good spirits and feeling good."

Reporting by Steve Keating in Indianapolis; editing by Mark Heinrich

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