Tamada avoids injury in Hopkins clash

Makoto Tamada joined John Hopkins in declaring himself mostly unhurt, despite his involvement in the race one accident at the Nurburgring that brought a halt to proceedings.

Tamada and Hopkins were both admitted to hospital after being caught up in an accident at turn two, the Japanese rider coming down before then being clipped by another rider that had run off the circuit.

Having 'knocked his head', the Kawasaki rider was treated for concussion as a precaution but was released soon afterwards, where he duly attempted to make the start of the second race. However, the medical team declared him unfit to compete, much to his frustration.

“I was happy with the bike set-up and my qualifying position this weekend but had some very bad luck once again which meant I was not able to finish a race. I had a good feeling on the bike with the swing arm improvements and the braking stability was also much better. In race one I was ran into on turn one by someone and was hit again from behind by another rider which put me out of the race.

“I didn't suffer any serious injuries but knocked my head a little. I was taken to hospital for precaution and further tests and was hoping that I could make a full restart for race two but this wasn't to be despite me feeling OK.

“I was declared unfit by the doctor so had to watch the race from the garage which was really disappointing for me and the team as they worked really hard to repair my bikes in time for race two. All I can say is that I'm looking forward to some better luck for the Imola race in a few weeks time."

Tagged as: Kawasaki , Nürburgring , Hopkins , Tamada

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