Dan Linfoot will miss the second round of the 2018 Bennetts British Superbike championship for Honda Racing after sustaining a spine injury in a crash during the second free practice session.

Linfoot, who scored a podium in race two of the BSB season opener at Donington Park, will be out of the Brands Hatch Indy round after suffering a fracture of his C6 vertebrae in his spine. The English rider sustained the injury in a fall at Graham Hill Bend midway through FP2 which triggered a red flag stoppage of the session so Linfoot could receive medical attention.

The Honda rider was treated at the medical centre at the circuit before being transport to the Princess Royal University Hospital in London for further scans. The scans revealed the fractured vertebrae and Linfoot will spend a night in hospital before a recovery plan is produced for the rider.

Linfoot’s current recovery timeframe is unknown, with the third round of the 2018 BSB season two weeks away at Oulton Park, before the mid-season break.

Heading into the second round at the Kent circuit Linfoot is third in the BSB riders’ championship after finishing fourth in race one at Donington Park before going one better with third place in race two.

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