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Battered Lloyds British Jentin Yamaha rider Simon Andrews had a lucky escape in race two of the British Superbike championship at Knockhill this afternoon.

The Evesham man was minding his own business on his way to a sixth place, and a second Airwaves Kick Up A Gear Award, when he has almost taken out by a riderless Maxxis Honda bike, recently vacated by David Johnson.

The bike went past Andrews on its way to collecting SMT Honda's Tom Grant, who fell heavily. We are waiting to hear how both riders are. Astro Kawasaki's Kenny Gilbertson was also involved in the crash, but got up immediately.


"I think Johnson's brakes failed. I heard a noise, and you always know the sound of a bike scraping, and his bike came past me 30mph quicker than I was going," said Andrews.

"It was spitting bits at me and something broke my screen, but everything else missed me. I think someone, somewhere is helping me as I haven't been in the points here for five years."
Andrews rode this weekend despite a massive crash before Brands Hatch WSB, and discovering yesterday morning he has a fractured left hand. He is now within spitting distance of Michael Laverty in the championship standings, and only needs to claw back a further three points to topple the Irishman from eighth.

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