Jonathan Rea will miss the Motorland Aragon round of the World Superbike Championship after breaking his arm in a high-speed accident at Misano.
The Castrol Honda rider came down at approximately 230kph during warm-up ahead of the races at Misano, just a day after he required stitches in his elbow after another tumble. Unfortunately for him, the second accident was more serious, Rea being diagnosed with a fracture to the right radius (arm) and left clavicle (collarbone).
Skipping Misano, Rea will also sit out next weekend's Motorland Aragon event, though the Ulsterman is hopeful he will be back on the bike for the Brno round in July.
“Well, the weekend just went from bad to worse really – I had a crash [in practice] which needed some stitches in my arm and then a 230kph crash this morning at one of the fastest corners on the calendar. Of course, I'm frustrated and I have some injuries that I want to take time to heal properly.
“We'll have to miss Aragon next week, unfortunately, but Brno is a month off and the doctors tell me that the break in my arm would normally keep someone off work for three weeks. I'll try to come back for Brno at 100 per cent as it's a circuit that suits me and the bike.
“I got my first world championship win there and we went 1-2 last year. Thanks to everyone for all the messages of support, it really means a lot and I'm sure it'll speed up the recovery.”
Castrol Honda have not confirmed whether they will seek to replace Rea for Motorland Aragon.