BMW Motorrad rider Tom Sykes was hospitalised with concussion after suffering a heavy crash during Race 2 of the WorldSBK Catalunya round.
Sykes, who won the WorldSBK championship in 2013, was involved in a crash with Lucas Mahias (Puccetti Kawasaki) on lap two. The incident was not caught on camera but the severity was soon clear with Mahias running across to check on Sykes. The race would be red-flagged, and eventually won by Michael Rinaldi.
“For the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team, Sunday’s action in the FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) in Barcelona (ESP) was overshadowed by a heavy crash involving Tom Sykes (GBR) in Race 2,” read a statement from his team.
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“At the beginning of the second race, Sykes fell and was then hit by another rider. Sykes was taken to the circuit’s medical centre, where initial diagnoses revealed a concussion. Further precautionary investigations have since taken place in a Barcelona hospital.”
Tweeting on Sunday evening James Whitham confirmed the concussion for Sykes, adding that Chaz Davies had a couple of broken ribs.
Rinaldi (Aruba.It Ducati) would win the race once it resumed, with Toprak Razgatlioglu (PATA Yamaha) finishing second and Rinaldi’s team-mate Scot Redding third. Jonathan Rea would finish sixth meaning that Razgatlioglu leads six-time world champion by one point heading into Round 10 at Jerez.

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