Haga hurt in Donington fall.

2009 World Superbike Championship leader Noriyuki Haga has been airlifted to Derby hospital with a fractured vertebra - plus other injuries - after his violent race two crash at Donington Park on Sunday.

Haga fell heavily at Coppice, the fast right-hander which leads onto the back straight, on lap five of the second race, shortly after moving into second position behind double Donington winner, and title rival, Ben Spies.

In a near identical accident to that suffered at the same turn by Ducati Xerox predecessor Troy Bayliss in 2007, the Japanese was thrown from his 1198 as he applied the power and then hit several times by his bike as he tumbled to a halt.

Haga, third in race one, eventually walked away with the support of marshals but was then airlifted to hospital.

"Haga was victim of a serious crash in which he has suffered a fracture of one of the spinal vertebrae," read a Ducati statement.

"He was immediately transferred to the track's medical centre where the doctors declared a fracture of one of his vertebrae.

"At this point it was decided to move him by helicopter to Derby hospital where he will receive further medical attention."

Spies is now just 14 points behind Haga after round nine of 14. The next event takes place at Brno on July 26-28 but Haga's attendance is in serious doubt.

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JIM - Unregistered

June 29, 2009 12:33 AM

If Shakey was given the chance to ride in place of Haga should Haga miss any races,you can believe Shakey would be a podium contender more often for sure,possibly a race winner i would say.In Italy,in the rain when things equal out amongst the differing bikes,shakey pulled away and showed the true rider he is.When he last rode a full factory Ducati he nailed the British championship on it in a direct and forthright manner.The bike he's on this year is not able to show what Bryne can really do though it has improved in the last 2 rounds.He's a great rider,end of story.He should be on a bike with full factory support.

roadking03 - Unregistered

June 28, 2009 6:47 PM

I am a Spies fan being from Texas,but I hate the fact that an awesome racer like Haga,had a crash as bad as this. Praying that you will have a fast and perfect recovery Nori. Racing needs riders like you for the sport,your a class act!!!!!!! JT from Texas

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