Luke Mossey will be in a race against time to be fit for the next round of the 2017 MCE British Superbike championship at Cadwell Park after suffering a broken vertebra and bruised ankle at Thruxton.

The JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider was involved in a nasty high-side off in the closing minutes of FP3 at the Hampshire circuit when he dipped his rear wheel on to the grass exiting the Club chicane. After receiving treatment at the track Mossey was transported to hospital in Southampton and diagnosed with a broken L2 vertebrae and a badly bruised ankle which instantly ruled him out of the remainder of the Thruxton round.

Mossey, who had to cancel holiday plans due to the injury, now faces a tough challenge to be fit in time for the demanding Cadwell Park round in two weeks time – a similar battle JG Speedfit Kawasaki team-mate Leon Haslam faced when he fractured a vertebra at Knockhill in June.

With two rounds remaining until the BSB Showdown begins, Mossey holds a 25-point advantage over Jake Dixon who acts as the nearest challenger outside the top six, meaning Mossey is likely to need a few more points finishes to lockdown his Showdown spot.

“Well this is certainly not how I planned to spend my weekend at Thruxton - laid in a hospital bed with a broken vertebra,” Mossey said. “The boys had worked really hard after Snetterton and Brands and the bike felt fantastic on Friday. Thruxton has always been one of my favourite circuits and I've been really fortunate in the past to have some really good results here.

“I was going well in FP3 and was comfortably sitting in second. I was on another strong lap but as I came out of the final complex my rear wheel went on the grass and the rest is history. It threw me so high and so far that I didn't know when I was going to land!

“I knew something wasn't right instantly but the track medics and staff were with me in seconds. I can't thank them enough for their prompt assistance. I am just so sorry for all of the JG Speedfit team who work so hard and I am disappointed to let them down especially when things were heading in the right direction again.

“Thank you to every single person who has messaged, tweeted or got in contact with me to wish me well. I'm very grateful for all the support I have been shown, it means a lot and I hope to see you all again soon."

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