IoM TT Rider: Dan Kneen Crash & Injury

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Isle of Man TT motorcycle road racer Dan Kneen may have to wait until early August to get his short circuit championship chase back on track.

The Manxman, who finished fifth in the first Monster Energy Supersport race at the 2010 TT, suffered a broken collarbone while racing in the British Supersport Championship round at Knockhill.

Riding the Marks Bloom/Slick performance-sponsored R6 Yamaha, he was lying second in the Privateers Cup, and 17th overall, when he crashed heavily on lap three.

The event had been hit by strong winds and heavy rain which saw multiple accidents across all the classes and eventually led to the second British Superbike Championship race being abandoned.

The crash came as a blow on what had been a successful year so far – Kneen had secured 10th overall in the TT Solo championship, in only his second year, and was lying third in the Supersport Cup title chase after a win at Thruxton and second place at Brands Hatch.

The championship resumes this weekend at Snetterton, but Kneen will have to sit the race out. He is working hard to get back to full fitness, including making use of the hyperbaric chamber in Douglas for three hours a day, but may not be able to race again until the next Brands Hatch round early next month as the fractured bone is not being plated.

Despite the setback, Kneen is remaining upbeat.

Dan Kneen says: "I know exactly what happened. It was soaking wet in my race, bit too much gas and the back just came round on me and spat me off. Just one of those things!"

"I’m still lying third in the championship and have some of my favourite tracks still to come so I’m not too concerned at the moment."

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One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007 and is currently Editor at Large at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of 365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).