Championship leader Troy Bayliss is yet to arrive in Assen for this weekend’s fourth round of the World Superbike series after suffering a high speed crash onboard his racing push bike.
The 39-year-old Australian was out training in the mountains of Monte Carlo at 11am on Wednesday when he hit an open man hole and lost control.
The Ducati man sustained grazing and cuts to his back and elected to stay at home until the last possible minute before flying to Holland in time for first free practice which starts at 10.30am tomorrow (Friday).
Speaking to MCN, Xerox Ducati press officer Heather Watson said: “Troy said that he was going down a steep hill and had taken his hands off the handlebars when he saw an open manhole.
“He got his hands back on to the handlebars and tried to bunny hop the hole, but lost control.
“He’s got a pretty bad graze and cut on his lower back, but he’s still as relaxed as ever and not worried about this weekend’s race.”