Portimao Crash Update
No less than four top-name World Superbike (WSBK) riders thought themselves lucky to escape without more serious injuries than bangs and scrapes after crashing at high speed in Portugal.
Jonathan Rea had a massive fall on Friday, and on Saturday his teammate in the Hannspree Ten Kate Honda squad, Max Neukirchner, suffered an even more spectacular get off, flying high and long before hitting the tarmac hard.
His superbike simply destroyed itself as it rolled down the Portimao motorcycle racing tarmac, but Max got up and walked away to get some stitches and have some plasters applied.
James Toseland was another faller, like Shane Byrne, at the final corner in practice, each having a highside crash at high speed.
Byrne was particularly unlucky as he almost landed back on his bike, but he missed his left hand clip-on, and then his tail unit bucked his legs upwards and sent Shane into a low earth orbit.
Toseland was lucky not to hurt his injured left hand too much (last SBK rider photo above), and all four WSBK riders are hoping to be over their bashes and bruises in plenty of time for the next round at Valencia on April 11.