Castletown resident Jonathan Rea suffered a broken left femur after crashing out while lying fourth in Sunday’s first World Superbike race at Nurburgring in Germany.
Rea fell heavily on the penultimate lap after hitting oil laid down by the broken engine of Federico Sandi’s Team Pedercini ZX-10R. Leon Camier also crashed at the same turn nine, but avoided Rea.
The race was red-flagged and the result taken from the last lap completed by all riders so Tom Sykes took the win.
l Ramsey’s resident MotoGP ace Cal Crutchlow also suffered a tough weekend closer to home at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
The Tech 3 Yamaha rider had two big crashes in practice on Saturday before coming off again in warm-up on Sunday.
The 27-year-old was lucky to emerge mostly unscathed from all three, especially the latter crash as Marc Marquez slid off just after Crutchlow narrowly missing the Coventry man and the attending marshals.
Despite, the set backs Crutchlow qualified third for Sunday’s race, eventually finishing seventh on his patched-up bike.