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Honda’s Rea to Miss Aragon Superbike

2011 World Superbike

Due to a high-speed crash during the warm-up lap for Sunday’s race 1 in Misano World Superbike, Jonathan Rea sustained multiple injuries that will prevent him from racing in this weekend’s Aragon WSBK round.

The Castrol Honda CBR1000RR superbike rider wrecked around 143 mph at turn 11 Sunday. Following the accident, the 24-year-old Northern Ireland man was taken to the Ospedale Bufalini in Cesena, where it was confirmed he fractured his right arm and left collarbone.

Rea, who took his first win of the season at Assen, was having setup issues with his Honda super bike. During Superpole, Rea had qualified 11th on the Honda.

Jonathan Rea (Castrol Honda CBR1000RR World Superbike) says: "Well, the weekend just went from bad to worse really. I had a crash on Saturday which needed some stitches in my arm and then a 230kph crash in the warm-up at one of the fastest corners on the calendar. Of course, I’m frustrated and I have some injuries that I want to take time to heal properly.

"We’ll have to miss Aragon next week, unfortunately, but Brno is a month off and the doctors tell me that the break in my arm would normally keep someone off work for three weeks. I’ll try to come back for Brno at 100% as it’s a circuit that suits me and the bike. I got my first world championship win there and we went 1-2 last year. Thanks to everyone for all the messages of support, it really means a lot and I’m sure it’ll speed up the recovery."

With six of 13 rounds complete in the 2011 World SBK Championship, Rea is eighth with 94 points.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
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 Online Editor 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).

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