BSB Silverstone: Kyle Smith ruled out with a fractured pelvis
Quattro Group British Supersport rider Kyle Smith will not take any further part at Silverstone after fracturing his pelvis during FP2.
Smith topped the wet FP1 session in the morning and waited until the track was dry in FP2 before venturing out. The Dynavolt Triumph rider had completed six laps when he suffered a highside at turn three, landing heavily and fracturing his pelvis.
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Smith was transferred to John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford for treatment and will now undergo surgery, with the team stating that the injury effectively rules Smith out of the rest of the 2021 season.
"It’s not been the best day for us, Kyle highsided and he’s broken his pelvis," team manager Simon Buckmaster said. "He’s gone to hospital now for further assessment and an operation. It’s really bad news, he was having such a great season for us.
"Obviously all our thoughts and wishes are with him, he’s a good guy and it’s such a shame for this to have happened."
The injury brings a premature end to what has been an impressive return to the UK for both Smith and Triumph as an official factory team. Smith secured his and the team's maiden Supersport victory at Brands Hatch - a track he'd never been to before - and followed this up with another victory at Thruxton.
After 14 races Smith sits fourth in the championship standings, with two victories and five podiums to his name.
The injury comes at an especially unfortunate time for the team. Smith's teammate Brandon Paasch is also out of action after suffering a scaphoid fracture in a crash at turn five at Snetterton. The American has been replaced by Michael Dunlop at Silverstone.