Joan Lascorz was injured during post-race testing at Imola, the Spanish rider airlifted to a Bologna hospital with a fractured T6 vertebrae.
Kawasaki World Superbike racer Joan Lascorz suffered serious injury during post-race testing at the Imola circuit. The Spanish rider crashed during the opening testing session at Imola and was airlifted to Hospital Magiore di Bologna with fractured vertebrae.
World Superbike’s official site reports Lascorz crashed his ZX-10R during “the uphill section of the circuit from Tosa to Preatella.” First aid was performed at the circuit’s Medical Center with a probable vertebrae fracture identified, with Lascorz then immediately transported to Bologna hospital by helicopter.
The Kawasaki Racing Team issued a statement confirming damage to the T6 vertebra (UPDATE: KRT later reported the damaged vertebra is C6) and that Lazcorz has entered surgery. The Spanish-based KRT team goes on to state in the press release that “there is a high risk and no official information will be released until tomorrow morning.”
UPDATE April 3, 2012: Kawasaki Racting Team updated Lascorz condition, stating its rider underwent surgery at 11:30 p.m. on April 2 to stabilize the fractured vertebra. The press release also confirmed that because of the crash impact the vertebra movement caused spinal damage. Lascorz will undergo testing to evaluate the damage, with plans underway to transport him from the Hospital Maggiore di Bologna.
Lascorz finished seventh and ninth in Sunday’s pair of SBK races at the Autodromo Enzo e Ferrari circuit. He is a second-year rider in the premier World Superbike series, the 27-year-old having graduated from World Supersport where he has three career victories.