Mar 17, 2013
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by David Swarts
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AMA Pro Daytona SportBike racer Dane Westby. Photo by Brian J. Nelson.
GEICO Motorcycle Road Racing’s Dane Westby was admitted back into Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Florida, Saturday night due to a high fever of 103 degrees F.
Westby was originally hospitalized on Thursday, March 14, after crashing his new Honda CBR600RR twice during AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike (DSB) practice at Daytona International Speedway.
A total of 11 riders crashed during the chilly first DSB practice, according to AMA Pro Racing, and most of those crashes occurred in the middle of the left-right-left chicane on the back straightaway.
During Westby’s second crash the Oklahoma rider got tangled with his motorcycle, which hit him in the abdomen. He was hospitalized overnight Thursday night due to a bruised and slightly lacerated spleen.
Westby was released Friday afternoon and was trackside Saturday during the Daytona 200. Then on Saturday night a high fever sent Westby back to the hospital, and he was admitted.
We will provide updates on Westby’s condition as information becomes available.
Update: Westby was treated for pneumonia in one lung and released from the hospital early Sunday morning, according to his father Tryg. The doctors also did another CT scan of Westby's spleen, and it is already showing signs of improvement. Dane and Tryg Westby are currently driving their motorhome back to their home in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Second Update from Dane Westby's Facebook page: "To all my friends out there, a little update. I had to go back in the hospital last night, I was having a 103° fever and a rockin' headache so I wanted to make sure everything was alright. Turns out I've got pneumonia, but we caught it early, and my spleen is healing quite nicely. In the truck heading home now, feeling pretty good. The amount of support has been great for me. Thanks to all my families!"