Tito Rabat suffered serious leg injuries during FP4 at the British MotoGP on Saturday.

The Reale Avintia team has confirmed that Tito Rabat broke his right femur, tibia and fibula when he was hit by Franco Morbidelli's bike, moments after falling in the wet final practice.

The likes of Alex Rins, Rabat, Aleix Espargaro, Jorge Lorenzo and Morbidelli were all caught out by what riders later labelled as a lack of drainage from the new Silverstone asphalt, which caused their bikes to aquaplane out of control at the end of the Hangar Straight - Stowe Corner - following a brief downpour.

"The accumulation of water was enormous and several riders, Tito Rabat being one of them, crashed," said an Avintia statement, which added that Rabat was hit "with full force" when he "got up to reach the safety of the trackside barriers". The session was red-flagged.

There are unconfirmed reports that Rabat severed an artery in the incident alongside the multiple fractures, at least one of which is thought to have been an open wound.

The Spaniard was airlifted to the University Hospital of Coventry and will undergo "emergency surgery".

With rain forecast throughout Sunday, and riders saying it would not be possible to race in the same conditions as FP4, the MotoGP race has been moved forwards to 11:30am to try and beat the worst of the race day weather.

 

 

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