Fixi Crescent Suzuki has confirmed that Leon Camier will take no further part in the latest round of the 2013 World Superbike Championship at Istanbul Park after injuring his foot in an accident during free practice.
The Briton, who was already carrying ailments sustained in a high-speed accident at the Nurburgring, suffered a high-side on a dusty circuit during the early stages of FP1, coming down heavily on his right foot.
After an initial assessment at the circuit, Camier was taken to hospital where doctors confirmed seven fractures in his foot that will require an operation to pin some of the breaks.
As a result, Camier is out of the Turkish event, becoming the third rider already this weekend after Carlos Checa and Max Neukirchner to pull out due to injuries sustained in accidents during first free practice.
Together with Loris Baz and Jonathan Rea being absent this weekend because of injuries from the Nurburgring, the previous 20-strong grid is down to just 16 riders with more than half of the race weekend still to come.
“The whole FIXI Crescent Suzuki team has been working really hard all season to improve the level of the GSX-R and get amongst the podium fight and we have managed to meet a lot of the performance targets, but unfortunately the black cloud of bad luck that has followed Leon around – pretty much all season – has struck with a vengeance in the last two weekends,” said team manager Paul Denning.
“The Nurburgring incident was bad enough, but today's accident on a very green and slippery circuit, when he wasn't even pushing for any lap-time, has really taken the wind out of the team's sails. Leon is basically ok and the injuries are relatively minor, but they will still take some significant time and effort to recover from.
“He and the team – I genuinely believe – deserve something better, but we can only deal with what is in front of us, be completely positive and move forward.”