MotoGP British Grand Prix – Silverstone
Reale Avintia Racing rider Tito Rabat suffered a serious injury in FP4 at Silverstone today. Heavy rain had started to fall and since the new tarmac didn’t drain the water away, large puddles formed at different points of the track. In turn 7, better known as Stowe, the accumulation of water was enormous and several riders, Tito Rabat being one of them, crashed. When Tito got up to reach the safety of the trackside barriers, he was hit by Franco Morbidelli’s bike with full force. The first medical assessment revealed that Rabat broke femur, tibia and fibula of his right leg. The Spanish rider was airlifted to the University Hospital of Coventry by helicopter and will undergo emergency surgery this afternoon.
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Xavier Simeon didn’t have a good day either and finished qualifying in 24th position, with his only hope to find a solution in the Sunday morning warm-up session in order to be more competitive in the race.
Due to the forecast of more rain tomorrow and for safety reasons, warm-up will start at 9:00 h and the 20-lap MotoGP race will take place at 11.30 h.
“Honestly, it was a disaster since we started yesterday. We don’t know why, but I can’t even get close to the group of riders with which I fight normally. I am far behind, even in the wet and in mixed conditions, where I am normally quite fast. We just aren’t at the right level and we don’t find solutions. All this apart, my thoughts today are with Tito who suffered an injury without being at fault. It looks as if it is a serious injury which he deserves least of everyone, because he is a hard worker and lives his profession as a rider like nobody else. I really wish him a quick recovery. If it rains tomorrow, it will be impossible to race on this circuit because the water doesn’t drain away and we have already have seen what happened to Tito.”