Sylvain Guintoli, the Worx Crescent Suzuki rider who crashed during the sighting lap for the British Superbike Championship at Donington Park, has a broken tibia and fibula in his right leg and may be out of action for around ten weeks.
If the forecast is correct it would mean that Guintoli would miss four more rounds of the series, and might only return for the Brands Hatch round on August 9.
The accident is a major blow to the championship, in which Guintoli appeared to be the only serious threat to the dominance of Leon Camier, the Airwaves Yamaha points leader.
In the bizarre collision with Josh Brookes’ HM Plant Honda as the pair approached Melbourne Corner, Guintoli was thrown onto the track between the two bikes.
His machine was thrown into the air, and sprayed fuel that briefly caught fire on the track.
Guintoli, who was taken to Nottingham hospital, was holding second place in the championship before the incident.