Factory Kawasaki rider Joan Lascorz has been seriously injured in a testing crash at Imola today.
The 27 year old Spaniard lost control of his ZX-10R in the final minutes of the opening test session on the uphill section of track between Tosa and Piratella.
Unconfirmed reports are that he hit the wall on the outside of the track.
Infront Motor Sports issued an official statement which said: "At 12.54 today, during the first session of official Superbike testing, the Spanish rider Joan Lascorz lost control of his Kawasaki in the uphill section of the circuit from Tosa to Piratella and crashed.
"The rider was immediately given medical assistance and transported to the circuit Medical Centre where, after first aid operations had been performed, a probable fracture of the vertebra was diagnosed.
"Dr. Giancarlo Caroli, the Imola circuit medical officer, therefore decided to air-lift the rider immediately to the Maggiore Hospital in Bologna by helicopter. Joan Lascorz will be recovered in the spinal injury unit of the Bologna hospital."
MCN would like to wish Joan and his entire Motorcard Kawasaki team the very best and hope that he can make a full and rapid recovery.