Troy Bayliss is recovering in Melbourne hospital after a heavy fall during this afternoon's Phillip Island GP.

The Australian was battling for the lead in his home event when he lost control under braking for the low-speed Honda hairpin, on lap four. Troy's back wheel kicked round viciously - possibly because he touched a damp white line - throwing him to the ground.

Bayliss landed heavily and appeared to be momentarily knocked out; he immediately received trackside assistance before being taken - on a stretcher - to the circuit medical centre where he was conscious and able to talk, although he had no memory of the crash or the race.

The former World Superbike champion has no broken bones, but was helicoptered to Melbourne hospital for precautionary checks.

"The main thing is that Troy isn't badly hurt," said team director Livio Suppo. "His crash was a real shame because without it I think we could have put both guys on the podium today. But that's racing, and, as I said, we're just happy that Troy seems okay."

Troy's team-mate Loris Capirossi finished second behind race winner Valentino Rossi.

 

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