Hislop Crashes out of Rockingham

Steve HislopSuperbike star Steve Hislop was taken to hospital following a horror crash in the penultimate round of the British Superbike Championship at Rockingham. The Onchan-based Scot has suffered a dislocation and a compound fracture of his right ankle and a fractured collar bone after hitting John Reynolds' bike at 130mph in the first race. The incident happened when Reynolds - Hislop's championship rival - missed a gear on his Reve Red Bull Ducati.

Hislop was thrown under his machine, skidded along the tarmac and smashed into the crash barriers. MonsterMob Ducati ace Hislop - the 1995 champion who was gunning for his 13th victory of the season - was taken to Kettering Hospital after being treated at the track medical centre. He now faces an uphill task to compete (if he can) in the final double race round at Donington on October 14 and Sunday s two races saw Reynolds gain an 11 point championship advantage. It is believed that Hislop's injuries would normally require six weeks healing time but if they can be pinned then that time will be reduced.

It was only 13 months ago when Hislop broke his neck in a spectacular crash in the World Superbike round at Brand's Hatch which ended his 2000 British Superbike season. John Reynolds, the 1992 BSB champion, said on Sunday following the incident at Rockingham: 'I'm glad this one is all over - I've got mixed feelings about today. I don t want to talk too much about what happened. 'It was a result of me missing a gear going through the chicane. I was shifting from third to fourth but missed a gear. I am gutted.' Reynolds came third in the first re-started race and was runner-up in the second.

Going into Sunday's race 11-times TT winner Hislop was enjoying a 25 point lead in the championship.

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