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Laconi suffers bad crash at Kyalami
Reports out of Kyalami, venue of this weekend's World Superbike races, indicate that DFX Corse Ducati rider Regis Laconi was seriously injured in a high speed incident today. Laconi crashed heavily on during the opening moments of the first practice and was airlifted to a hospital in Johannesburg, where he was placed in a medically induced coma. It is thought that Laconi fractured his cervical vertebrae in the accident.
Information is still foggy at this point; Laconi's team stated that he is able to move his limbs, and neurological damage is limited. However the WSBK press office's Friday recap release said that Laconi suffered "severe trauma" to the cervical vertebrae, and surgery will be performed tonight by a neurological specialist to address the serious injuries. It was also stated that Laconi is on the hospital's "danger list". Luckily, Laconi did not hit any obstacles in his crash; but he was violently slammed to the ground. Cervical vertebrae injuries are common in contact sports, and are similar to severe whiplash.
Regis Laconi nearly won the WSBK Championship in 2004, but was beaten at the final round of the season at Magny-Cours by factory Ducati teammate James Toseland. Famously, Laconi broke down emotionally on the podium, having suffered the ignominy of losing the title on French soil to an Englishman. Laconi had a lackluster 2005 season, and was dropped by Ducati Corse at the end of the year. He moved to PSG-1 Kawasaki for several seasons, but struggled. For 2009, Regis joined DFX Ducati, riding a customer 1098R, and was confident that the switch back to the Bolognese twin machine would reinvigorate his career. Things seemed to be going to plan: Laconi scored 4th and 7th places at Philip Island, got into the top 10 at Losail, and brought the bike home 4th in both races at Valencia. Clearly, Regis is still capable of riding a World Superbike very quickly.
Sadly, Laconi's injuries will likely derail his 2009 "comeback" season. Soup sends Regis our best wishes and prayers for his full and fast recovery.
Doesn't look good, I hope he comes thru this in once piece.
HAIL TO THE KING!!
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