Tommy Hill was lucky to escape unhurt after a big fourth-gear crash at Cartagena this afternoon.
He fell in the fast left turn six and, while he walked away unscathed apart from a sore hip, the bike was comprehensively damaged – the front end torn off as the magnesium yokes broke on impact.
Hill said: "We had just got the fuelling sorted and the bike was feeling a lot nicer to ride. I was third gear, then fourth, about 80% throttle and the bike just let go.
"I’ve no idea what caused it. I was sliding along and the bike landed about four feet in front of me when the front end broke off.”
The Swan team are checking the data to see if they can understand what caused the crash.