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Tom Sykes suffers ten rib fractures among injuries in Donington WorldSBK crash

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

Tom Sykes is recovering after being diagnosed with ten rib fractures, a thoracic injury and an ankle injury following a huge high-side during the final WorldSBK race at Donington Park.

The 2013 WorldSBK Champion lost the rear of his ROKiT BMW M 1000 RR as he rounded the second apex at Coppice, before the tyre regained traction and flicked him into a fast and lofty high-side.

After landing flatly and heavily on his front, Sykes was seen to be face down on the grass in the aftermath as marshals ran to check on him. 


Minutes later he was seen conscious and on his knees but holding his throat and clearly in discomfort. He, along with Michael Ruben Rinaldi - who collided with Sykes’ errant BMW - were taken to the medical centre.

Following an assessment by doctors, Sykes is confirmed to have suffered ten rear rib fractures, including three in two places, while he has also sustained an injury to his throat and left ankle.

Sykes was in the second event of his stint deputising for the injured Michael van der Mark in the factory BMW squad, the Dutchman having been injured after his own spectacular high-side at Assen. 

Sykes’ crash was a painful end to an otherwise positive weekend on home soil that yielded eighth on the grid and a ninth place finish in race one.

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