Superbikes: Crashes cost Victor Cox dear
Victor Cox left the Dutch circuit of Assen on Sunday bruised but upbeat after being given the chance to compete in two rounds of the British Superbike Championship.
The Bradford on Avon biker crashed out of both races, landing on his head in the second one, as he raced for the Primo Bournemouth Kawasaki Team.
A surge problem cost him ten minutes of qualifying time and he eventually had to settle for 25th place on the grid after clocking 40.6secs, seven-tenths off a top-20 position.
Changes before race day meant Cox went into the first one with confidence high but he was hit from behind on the first corner by Tristan Palmer, with the telemetry showing that the accident occurred at 101mph.
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With no lap time posted, he had to start race two on the penultimate row but settled in behind team-mate Chris Walker, only to lose time as the surge problem returned.
Despite this, Cox entered the final bend in a creditable 22nd, only for his rear wheel to suddenly fail and throw him off in dramatic fashion.
He slid along the track but suddenly his boots gripped, catapulting him through the air and onto his head.
Thankfully he was relatively unhurt and is now looking ahead to this weekend, where he will resume his British Superstock 1000 title challenge on the ILR Kawasaki at Silverstone.