Crash & Injury Report
Squadra Corse Italia’s Vittorio Iannuzzo has been explaining the details of the horrific-looking crash incident (accident) in which he was involved, together with Simon Andrews, on the pit straight on lap 3 of the second World Superbike race at Valencia.
The British SBK rider was forced against the pit-wall and then pushed down onto the grass by his bike, causing havoc amidst the team signaling boards on the wall.
Vittorio Iannuzzo says: "Andrews suddenly slowed at 290 km/h and I couldn’t do anything to avoid the impact,’ said the Italian. His left foot-peg split open my oil cooler, I took a hefty blow on my ribs and my hands but I managed to keep control of my Honda and stop on the grass almost at the end of the straight."
Back in 2008 at Phillip Island motorcycle race, Iannuzzo slammed into Michel Fabrizio’s Ducati, which was stalled on the starting grid, and suffered several fractured bones in his other hand that kept him out of racing for six months.
This time he only suffered bruising to his hands, while Andrews came away from Valencia with more extensive injuries including a broken heel and a fractured bone in his left foot.
Simon Andrews says: "My left foot is a bit smashed up and pretty painful right now. I have broken the heel and top bone of my foot and have obviously a few bruises to contend with but overall I’m fine."