Following on from his high speed crash at Rockingham Motor Speedway yesterday, MonsterMob Ducati rider Steve Hislop has reluctantly had to concede the British Superbike Championship due to the injuries sustained when he went down after clipping the rear of John Reynolds machine in the opening race.

The 38-year-old Scotsman who now resides at Onchan in the Isle of Man was knocked out in the accident and taken to hospital whereby he underwent surgery on Sunday evening to repair the damage to his right ankle and is expected to remain there for a few days.

The impact with the concrete wall, caused when Hislop slid under the protective barrier, saw him sustain a break to the right tibia, which compressed the ankle joint causing a compound fracture also. Hislop broke his right collarbone in the smash also and lost a lot of skin after being trapped under the sliding bike.

As a result, Hislop's injuries are sufficiently serious to rule him out of the final and deciding round of the championship at Donington Park on October 14th and in doing so, has conceded victory to main rival Reynolds who trailed Hislop by 25 points going into the penultimate round at Rockingham.

Team Owner Paul Bird, who was away on business over the weekend and wasn't at Rockingham said:

"Steve's injuries mean he won't be able to ride at Donington as much as both he and us would have liked. It's sad that it ended like this, especially as it wasn't Steve's fault, but I'm sure I speak for the many thousands of our fans in saying that we made a pretty big contribution to the championship this year which no one expected. I guess we can take consolation in the fact that Steve is still the people's champion, it's just a shame it won't go down to the final round because he deserved that.

"We've considered fielding a replacement rider at Donington but our thoughts are, whoever we chose, we wouldn't do Steve's efforts this season justice and we'd just be there to make up the numbers so sadly, we won't be there with the superbike. What has been very touching is the amount of support and good will messages we've had since Steve's accident and I'd like to thank everyone for their kindness and consideration at this difficult time for us"



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