Loris Baz's hopes of building on a successful World Superbike season at the Nurburgring came to an abrupt end even before he had lined on the starting grid after a heavy crash in morning warm-up left him nursing a fractured vertebra.

The Frenchman had been on strong form all weekend, qualifying on the second row in fourth, but a fall coming into the NGK Chicane during morning warm-up would see him barrel through the gravel trap at high speed.

Taken to the local hospital with a suspected back injury, though Baz was confirmed as not suffering any neurological complications or a spinal injury, he has fractured his C2 vertebra and will remain in hospital for another 24 hours.

As it stands, it is yet to be determined whether Baz will need further treatment or just recuperation for the time being.

The next round of the World Superbike Championship will take place at Istanbul Park in Turkey in two weeks' time.



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