May 19, 2001
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Ricci Motorsports' Anthony Lupo became the second rider to test new sections of Air Fence deployed at Road Atlanta when he crashed during Friday's 750cc Supersport qualifying.<BR><BR>Lupo slid into Air Fence sections positioned in front of the concrete wall outside turn 12, at about 100 mph.<BR><BR>"I was manning the watches and looking for Tony to come by," said Ricci's Sean Lindseth. "He was due, and all I saw was smoke and a sliding motorcycle. He was just flying down the hill really."<BR><BR>Crew men on pit lane shouted at the sight of the crash. By the time people not initially looking in that direction turned their heads to look, Lupo's bike was at least 20 feet in the air after missing the Air Fence and bouncing off a tire wall.<BR><BR>Lupo himself slid into the first of several new Air Fence modules positioned in the turn. Afterwards, Lupo walked into the ambulance, having suffered a concussion.