Simon Andrews has been left with a broken heel following his high-speed crash in the second race of the day in Valencia, although the BSB regular admits he was lucky not to be more seriously hurt.
Andrews, standing in for the injured Chris Vermeulen at Kawasaki SRT, was forced to take a trip to the medical centre himself when he crashed three laps into the second race, the Briton having collided with Vittorio Iannuzzo.
While it remains unclear as to exactly what happened, Andrews says he was hit from behind by the Italian along the home straight, causing him to fall at considerable speed and impact the pit wall.
Although he pronounced himself as 'overall fine', the fall has nonetheless left him with a broken bone in the top of his foot and a damaged heel too.
"It has been a great learning experience to ride for the Kawasaki Racing Team and to be part of the paddock. I enjoyed working with the guys for both the test and the race. We started the weekend with a few chassis issues but we were slowly turning that around and making steady progress.
“Race one was OK and in race two I got a good start and was finding a decent rhythm. When Tom went past me, I was hoping to stay with him and gain some places but the next thing I knew I was hit from behind on the straight and can't remember much after that.
“The team are saying I am lucky as from what I've been told it looked pretty bad on the TV but my left foot is a bit smashed up and pretty painful right now. I have broken the heel and top bone of my foot and have obviously a few bruises to contend with but overall I'm fine.
“I'd like to thank the team for the opportunity to ride and how disappointed I am in having to end the weekend this way."
Andrews has now been ruled out for the second round of the British championship at Thruxton this coming weekend. MSS Colchester Kawasaki will reveal his replacement later in the week.