Karl Harris' injury-hit season continued at Oulton Park yesterday, when he became the victim of an engine seizure on his team-mate's bike.

The Yorkshireman was following Rizla Suzuki team-mate John Reynolds closely during the second of the day's two races and, along with Dean Ellison and Gary Mason, went sprawling when the reigning BSB champion's engine let go in the Avenue section of the circuit, spraying the road with oil. While his fellow fallers were unhurt in the spill, however, Harris required immediate hospital attention for several broken bones and a serious concussion.

In all, the superbike graduate suffered a broken nose, left wrist and collarbone, as well as another break in his right hand. He was detained overnight in Crewe Hospital, where doctors were trying to ascertain the extent of his concussion before discharging him.

The race was not restarted, allowing polesitter Michael Rutter to take victory from points leader Steve Hislop. Only half points were awarded for the race, however, due to it failing to go the required distance. Hislop now leads IFC Ducati's Sean Emmett by 34 points.

 

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