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Walker misses out on Gauloises Dutch TT, but lucky after nasty crash

Walker misses out on Gauloises Dutch TT, but lucky after nasty crash

British GP hope Chris Walker will be doubtful for next week´s Cinzano British Grand Prix after suffering a horrific accident during this morning´s second free practice session, which has definitely ruled him out of tomorrow´s Gauloises Dutch TT. Travelling at speeds of around 235km/h (150mph), Walker appears to have touched the grass when going into a right-hander and ploughed straight into the tyre wall. The medical services came to the scene rapidly, and as the red flag went out for the session, Walker was strapped into a neck and head brace. The most significant feature of the damage was Walker´s helmet, which lay at his side, battered and broken.

Assen is a track that ´Stalker´ had big hopes for, as he has raced there on many occasions before. A place where handling is of utmost importance, it really is a help to be familiar with the fast off-camber curves. Unfortunately, Chris will not have the opportunity to take part, as he was taken to hospital in Assen this afternoon. He is in a stable condition, but he has been drifting in and out of consciousness, and is expected to stay in the hospital there for one or two days. Apart from the head injuries, the only other wound he has sustained is a possible broken little finger and probably a bit of damaged confidence, he will know however that he has been lucky.

Not so lucky was the bike, which was a real wreck after the crash, as the left handlebar smashed into the ground causing a whole host of repercussions throughout. The suspension link broke free of its housing and was forced into the chassis, bending the rear swing arm. The exhaust system was completely destroyed as the whole top half of the bike was torn away. Along with the many other bits of damage, the Shell Advance Honda will have a bit of work to do to get it back into racing condition, assuming that Walker is fit for Donington. We can only cross our fingers and hope.

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