Tom Sykes suffers rib fractures after Donington crash

Tom Sykes suffers rib fractures after Donington crash

Tom Sykes is making a full recovery after suffering ten rib fractures, a thoracic injury, and ankle injuries as a result of a massive crash during the final WorldSBK race at Donington Park.

The 2013 WorldSBK Champion’s ROKiT BMW M 1000 RR lost traction in the rear as he came to Coppice’s second apex, however the tire soon regained traction and sent him flying into a swift high-side.

Marshals raced to check on Sykes after he had landed heavily and strongly on his front, and they found him lying face down on the grass.

A little while later, he turned out to be conscious, on his knees, gripping his throat, and obviously in pain. He was brought to the hospital along with Michael Ruben Rinaldi, who collided with Sykes’ accidental BMW.

Sykes is revealed to have ten rear rib fractures, including three in two places, as well as injuries to his throat and left ankle after a medical examination.

Michael van der Mark was injured after his own stunning high-side at Assen, and Sykes was filling in for him in the factory BMW squad for the second race of his stint with the team.

Sykes’ accident put an unpleasant end to an otherwise successful weekend on home soil, which included eighth place on the starting line and a ninth-place finish in race one.

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