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Jan 23, 2003

Thieves Take Airlifted Racer's Trailer and Crashed Bike

Copyright 2003, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.<BR><BR>By Michael Hannas<BR><BR>Thieves stole a trailer and crashed racebike belonging to a racer who was airlifted with head injuries following a crash at Willow Springs International Raceway Sunday in Rosamond, California.<BR><BR>Racer Craig Raines, WSMC #68, suffered a closed head injury and was helicoptered to the hospital following a multi-bike turn-nine pile-up in the combined 750cc Superbike/Open Modified Production race late in the day during the opening WSMC weekend of 2003.<BR><BR>Raines' father loaded up his son's crashed GSX-R750 into his trailer and took it to his own house Sunday evening, where it was stolen sometime Monday night.<BR><BR>Raines is heavily sedated because of his injuries but is responsive; according to WSMC Operations Manager Kenny Kopecky, the family expects Raines will make a full recovery. Raines also suffered a broken collarbone and collapsed lung in the incident.<BR><BR>Kopecky noted that Raines' father was rather upset but doesn't think that the theft was related to the accident. The VIN # of the stolen bike was unavailable to Roadracingworld.com at post time, but Raines' late-model Suzuki GSX-R750 is silver with blue trim and sported #68, and has obviously been crashed.<BR><BR><BR><BR>