Regis Laconi seriously injured in crash

WSBK racer suffers severe neck trauma

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, May. 15, 2009
World Superbike racer Regis Laconi was seriously injured in a high speed crash during a practice session in Kyalami, South Africa.

Laconi crashed between turns 11 and 12 his first lap in the May 15 practice session ahead of the weekend’s WSBK races.

The DFX Ducati rider did not hit any obstacles during the crash but suffered severe trauma to the cervical vertebrae, the neck bones directly behind the base of the skull. Initial tests reveal five fractured vertebrae. According to DFX, Laconi was able to move his limbs.

Laconi was transported by helicopter to the Sunninghill Hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa. Laconi was placed into a medically induced coma and will be have two plates inserted to support his spine.

Laconi currently sits seventh in the WSBK standings and six top-ten finishes in ten races including a second-place finish at the Losail round in Qatar. Laconi’s best season came in 2004 when he finished second in the championship standings to teammate James Toseland in a title fight that came down to the final round.