Aug 24, 2001
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Formula USA Unlimited Superbike Points Leader Craig Connell crashed his Advanced Motor Sports/Ducati Performance racebike in practice Friday, August 24 at Pocono International Raceway and was hospitalized. Connell rode off the outside of the track while exiting turn one, crashed, tumbled, and was hit by his Ducati 996SPS.<BR><BR>According to Formula USA Safety Director Roger Lyle, Connell was unconscious when workers reached him but regained consciousness before paramedics arrived on the scene. Connell was awake, alert, talking, knew where he was and what day it was, but was transported to a local hospital with complaints of shoulder and chest pains. Connell's Ducati was badly damaged but his team does have a back-up bike.<BR><BR>Connell later returned to Pocono International Raceway with his right arm in a sling. Connell said that he separated his right shoulder and broke a rib on the right side of his chest. The Australian road racer remembered nothing from his crash but said that he will try to ride later in the weekend.<BR>