Jon Kirkham forced to sit out BSB races at Oulton Park after crash

All I can say really is I am absolutely gutted to have ended the weekend like this... I just feel so disappointed for the whole of the Samsung Honda team' - Jon Kirkham
Samsung Honda's Jon Kirkham says he is 'gutted' he will miss tomorrow's two MCE British Superbike Championship races at Oulton Park.

Kirkham crashed out at high speed in the opening race today at Water Tower and the race was re-started as a result of the accident.

The Brands Hatch race winner suffered concussion in the fall and was knocked unconscious, ruling him out of the remainder of the meeting.

Kirkham said: “I can't really remember too much about the crash to be honest; I have seen the footage and all I can remember was just before I got a bit of a slide on at the chicane and knew I had to push as Haga was there.

"I think maybe I was just pushing too hard or something as it is unlike me to crash in a race.

"I have concussion and ache a bit, but this circuit is so physical that I feel like that after a good few sessions anyway,” he told the official British Superbike website.

“All I can say really is I am absolutely gutted to have ended the weekend like this; I saw Oulton Park as a chance to score some good points for the championship and we had some good pace.

"I just feel so disappointed for the whole of the Samsung Honda team."

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May 07, 2012 9:56 AM

How typical that a rider comes away very lucky from a high speed crash and regrets the inconvenience to his team.. Maybe some premiership footballers should take a look at the accident and reflect on it next time they're rolling around on the floor because they've broke a nail.. John is a very lucky boy.. He knows it, we all know it.. Glad it wasn't worse.. Hope he's not hurting to much this morning..

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May 07, 2012 9:43 AM

Great news to hear Jon has no injuries after a nasty looking impact. Why they dont move the barrier back is a mystery to me.I am sure a racers life is more important than a few trees.Racers have lost their lives at that point on the circuit in the past. Motorsport is a dangerous occupation i know,but if it can be made safer then every effort should be put in to do so. It is such an easy'fix'to make that part of the circuit safer at Oulton Park so please MSV get it sorted before we end up with another fatality.

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