Imola SBK: Jonathan Rea Crash & Injury

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Jonathan Rea was unable to contest the two 12th round 2010 World Superbike championship races at Imola in Italy after fracturing his collarbone and wrist in a motorcycle crash that happened during qualifying.

After further pain-killing injections before this morning's SBK warm-up, Rea went out to see how his injuries would stand up to the physical demands of 21 race laps around Imola. However, another motorcycle crash just two laps in, effectively ended his participation in the motorcycle races.

The 23-year-old Northern Irishman bravely went out again on his spare Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade but he was unable to control effectively his Honda Superbike and was subsequently officially withdrawn from the racing event.

Rea is headed back to the UK and is consulting more than one specialist in order to evaluate the possibilities of his taking part in next weekend's final World Superbike championship race at Magny-Cours in France.

Jonathan Rea (DNS) says: "We had to make the decision after warm up to sit out the two races because my injuries from yesterday were just too painful on the bike. I tried in warm-up but I didn't have sufficient strength or control in my left wrist for left-handed corners."

"It's very frustrating for me and the whole team - it's been a tough weekend and I know I've had a lot of support behind me from the guys here and all my fans. I'm really sorry that we couldn't make the race but I have to look after my body and I'm going to get some medical opinions."

"Until we've got them in we won't be able to give a proper prognosis but I'd like to thank the team, our sponsors and all my fans for their support.

Ronald ten Kate (Honda Superbike Team Manager) says: "We're going to have to see what the diagnosis and recovery plan is for his injuries - he's flying back to the UK tomorrow to see a specialist hand surgeon there."

"Hopefully the news is OK and we haven't given up on the possibility of his taking part at Magny-Cours next weekend. Of course, we don't want to rush things, but if the doctors give a green light, for sure we will try."

2010 World Superbike Championship - Round 12 - Imola, Italy (4.936km - 21 laps) - Results

WSBL Race One:
1. Carlos Checa (ESP) Ducati 1098R
2. Lorenzo Lanzi (ITA) Ducati 1098R
3. Noriyuki Haga (JPN) Ducati 1198R
4. Jakub Smrz (CZE) Ducati 1098R

WSBK Race Two:
1. Carlos Checa (ESP) Ducati 1098R
2. Noriyuki Haga (JPN) Ducati 1198R
3. Cal Crutchlow (GBR) Yamaha R1
4. Tom Sykes (GBR) Kawasak ZX-10R

World SBK Championship Points after 12 of 13 rounds: 1 Biaggi 413, 2 Leon Haslam (GBR) Suzuki 350, 3 Jonathan Rea Hannspree Ten Kate Honda 288, 4 Checa 274, 5 Crutchlow 239, 6 Haga 238.

Next round: Magny-Cours, France - October 1-3, 2010


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