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BMW updates on Tom Sykes condition after Donington WorldSBK crash

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Tom Sykes, ROKiT BMW Motorrad, BMW M 1000 RR, 2023 WorldSBK, Misano, portrait [credit - Gold & Goose]

BMW Motorrad says Tom Sykes remains in hospital and will remain there for a few more days following his massive accident during the Donington Park WorldSBK weekend.

The Englishman suffered a litany of injuries in the incident, which occurred on the opening lap of the final race at Donington Park.

Sykes lost the rear of his ROKiT BMW M 1000 RR coming round the fast coppice right-hander and was flicked into a lofty high-side, before landing heavily and flatly.


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Following the accident - which prompted a red flag and triggered incidents for Michael Ruben Rinaldi and Loris Baz too - Sykes was taken to hospital, where he was diagnosed with ten rib fractures, plus a thoracic and ankle injury.

As of now [5 July, three days on from the smash] Sykes remains in hospital, according to the German manufacturer on Twitter, and will remain there for longer.

Sykes was in his second outing of the season with ROKiT BMW after being called up to replace the injured Michael van der Mark. Heralding a return to the factory BMW team after leaving at the end of the 2021 WorldSBK season, Sykes scored one of the team’s best finishes of the season with a run to eighth in race one.

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