At Silverstone this weekend, the infamous highside crash has claimed another rider: Hiroshi Aoyama. After crashing during the warm-up session, Aoyama was eventually taken to John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, where it was confirmed that the Japanese rider had fractured his T12 vertebra. Aoyama will be moved to Barcelona, Spain tomorrow, where he’ll see another specialist and get a second opinion on how to treat his condition.
The obvious news is that Aoyama will not be racing at the Assen TT this weekend. Interwetten Racing has not announced if they will field another rider at the event, or when they’d consider replacing Aoyama. There is also no indication yet on how long Aoyama will remain out from MotoGP racing, but we’d expect that duration to be lengthy.