John Hopkins could be forced to miss his 'adopted' home round of the World Superbike Championship at Donington Park in less than a week's time after breaking his foot in an accident at Monza.
The American was fighting for a spot inside the top ten when he got caught out by the start of a shower whilst entering the Parabolica bend that leads onto the home straight.
Sent into a dramatic high-side, Hopkins was admitted to the medical centre where it was confirmed he has fractured bones in his right foot and also torn muscles in his left hip.
It means Hopkins, who has already missed a race this season because of injury, may be forced to skip Donington Park, one of his tried and tested venues from his 2011 British Superbike Championship campaign.
"That was not a good weekend. I got pretty banged up in the first race crash and damaged my left hip and broke a bone in my right foot. I don't know what happened because the bike suddenly let go without any warning.
“It's a big shame because I had been really looking forward to this weekend and continuing my improvement. The conditions were treacherous and all the changes of weather didn't help at all. There was no way we could ride on the wets, so the right decisions were made."
The Crescent Fixi Suzuki team says it will now wait until later in the week to decide whether Hopkins can race, or whether they will draft in a replacement.