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Ben Young CSBK Grand Bend crash sequence by Tim McGill

Ben Young had a nasty highside while in lead contention during the Pro Superbike final at the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship round at Grand Bend on June 11. Young originally laid motionless on the track but eventually walked away from the incident.

Monday, 12 June 2017 12:25 Published in Multimedia


Dan Kruger's blog: A Year to Forget (2016 recap)

It is hard to believe another race season is almost behind us. 2016 is definitely a year for me to forget in terms of racing. It started off strong back in January where I won an endurance race over in China. I was in good form and had a big year planned with both my BMW team on the roads in Europe and my Kawasaki Superbike team in Asia.

Friday, 18 November 2016 13:46 Published in Dan Kruger


MotoGP testing: Loris Baz escapes 290 km/h crash unhurt

It was a calm start for Loris Baz on Tuesday in Sepang, the Avintia Racing rider slowly improving his lap times during his first outing. As the French rider pushed for a fast lap he suffered a dramatic crash at 290 km/h, launched from his bike down the straight and halting the test for over an hour. With Avintia finding no mechanical fault as the cause of the crash, Michelin began to analyse the rear tyre from Baz's bike. Avintia Racing stressed that they followed the recommendations of the Michelin engineer at all times. Without enough time to run full tests, Michelin removed the soft compound rear that Baz was running as a precaution. This left the rest of the MotoGP™ grid with only the hard option available. Despite the fall Baz was able to get back out on track in the afternoon, but didn’t not improve his time and ended Tuesday in 19th,

Loris Baz: “The start of the day was good. We used the soft tyre to try to improve the lap times and, although the lap was not incredible, we were able to improve the lap time from yesterday. But then we had a problem with the rear tyre and I crashed out at 290 km/h and my bike was destroyed. Fortunately I was unhurt, but you always loose energy after this kind of accident, because even I you don’t have anything serious, you feel all your muscles like if you have been training during 20 hours. My mechanics made a great job to put the bike back on track for the last two hours. It was not bad, but I felt a little bit tired riding the bike and I didn’t want to push and crash again. But I matched the same lap time from yesterday testing some suspension parts that I didn’t like too much.”

- From MotoGP.com

Tuesday, 02 February 2016 09:59 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Dan Kruger's blog: Recovering from a major crash - what most people don't see, Part II

The long road to recovery: endless doctor appointments, scans, tests, and readjusting life to allow for as much recovery as quickly as possible. With a head injury, the recovery time varies and it is near impossible to predict how long you will be unfit to ride. I spent days and days inside a hyperbaric chamber to increase the oxygen flow in my body and speed up recovery.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015 12:27 Published in Dan Kruger


Dan Kruger's blog: Recovering from a major crash - what most people don't see, Part I

By now, most people know I had a serious accident at the Suzuka 8-Hour World Endurance Event in Japan back in July. I high-sided my Superbike coming onto the front straightaway, which was targeted to be my fastest lap ever around the Suzuka Circuit. I was pushing hard and still had a heavy fuel load, with tires that were still not fully up to temp. Although I don’t remember any part of the accident, a photo sequence (see later in the story) along with onboard data allowed my team to piece it all together.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015 10:38 Published in Dan Kruger


Kruger recovering after Suzuka crash: "I will be back!"

Montreal racer Dan Kruger is recovering at his US home in Atlanta following a serious crash during practice for the legendary Suzuka 8 Hours endurance race on July 23 at Japan's Suzuka circuit. Kruger highsided while racing a GSX-R1000 for a Suzuki-based squad and suffered multiple injuries during the crash, during which he lost consciousness.

Kruger suffered a punctured lung, damaged ribs and right hand, a broken collarbone and head injuries that will prevent him from resuming regular activities for the time being. Those head injuries are the current focus of his medical team.

"I highsided and landed on track, and slid unconscious down the track," said Kruger in an email to Inside Motorcycles editor Graeme Jones. "The bike was completely destroyed and my leathers were scraped on all four corners front and back, so it must have been big. Too bad I was knocked out and missed the show."

While the length of his recovery period has yet to be determined, Kruger is hopeful for a return to racing in September, when a road race in Germany and two Chinese Superbike races are on his schedule. "I am quite confident all will be fine in a few months," he summarized.

Inside Motorcycles will post more details as the come available. Safe healing, Dan!

Friday, 31 July 2015 15:46 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Canadian Kruger injured in serious crash at Suzuka

From Team Penz13.com - The Penz13.com BMW road racer Dan Kruger (Montreal, QC) was set to take part in this year’s 8 hours of Suzuka FIM Endurance World Championship race for another team but has asked his friends of his road racing squad to spread this press release and update on his conditions after crashing during yesterday’s free practice sessions with the intention to stop rumours.

The Canadian highsided during yesterday’s second free practice session and got injured. This is what he wrote from hospital this morning.

“I had a bad crash and will not be racing in the 8 hours of Suzuka," said Kruger. "I’ve got a punctured lung, damaged ribs, my right hand, a broken collarbone and some head injuries that are still (being) evaluated at the moment. I am in ICU at the Suzuka hospital. I was unconscious after the crash but I am already recovering. I am not on life support and I am breathing on my own and I am 100 per cent ‘there’ – I am quite certain I will recover fully.”

Team Penz13.com BMW Racing wishes it’s mate Dan all the best and a speedy recovery. We all hope to see you back on the bike at Frohburg later this year in September!

Inside Motorcycles also wished Dan a full, proper recovery.

Friday, 24 July 2015 09:33 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Touring Essentials blog: LOOK OUT!

In his latest Touring Essentials blog installment, R. Bruce Thomas talks about rider vision, citing lessons learned during his first ride of the year a few weeks ago - lessons that can apply to all motorcyclists and road users to minimize safety risks all year long.

Friday, 16 May 2014 10:05 Published in Touring Essentials with R. Bruce Thomas


Amateur CSBK racer Christian Auger succumbs to injuries

Frontline CSBK Inc., organizer of the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship, regrets to announce that Christian Auger of Champlain, Que. has succumbed to injuries received in a crash last Sunday, August 11.

Monday, 19 August 2013 11:06 Published in Industry News


Dan Kruger's 'Racing in China' Blog - CRASHING in China Part 2

I will never forget the first time I crashed while testing alone on the Zhuhai circuit in China. It had rained earlier in the day, but there was a dry line. I was on a fast lap but ran out onto the rumble strip coming out of a corner, and immediately high-sided (so much for traction control!!!). I wasn’t going fast, but I went straight up in the air and came straight back down. 

Thursday, 20 December 2012 16:03 Published in Dan Kruger


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