Lee Johnston has been taken to hospital following a crash in today’s lengthened Superbike, Superstock and Supersport qualifying session at the 2017 Isle of Man TT.
Johnston fell from his Padgetts Racing CBR600RR at Greeba Castle on the final lap of the session after having just set the quickest 600cc lap of the day.
The session was stopped as Johnston, reported to be conscious, was airlifted to Noble’s hospital – as is standard in the event of a crash on the 37.73 mile course – for further assessment.
Padgetts Racing boss Clive Padgett told MCN Johnston was talking as he was put in the helicopter and has since been diagnosed with minor back injuries. He's been taken for a CT scan and will remain in hospital overnight, but is expected to be discharged tomorrow.
The Ulsterman was the third to crash in the day’s opening session. Danny Webb crashed out at Laurel Bank and was taken to Noble’s with suspected shoulder injuries and Joe Akroyd, who slipped off at Glen Helen, was also taken to hospital.
Dafabet Devitt Racing’s Steve Mercer made his return to the paddock battered and bruised after a spill in last night’s Superbike session.
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