Australian breaks ankle in WSBK at Imola

Jason O’Halloran pic: Red Bull Honda WSBK Team Twitter

Red Bull Honda WSBK Team stand-in Jason O’Halloran has broken his right ankle after crashing during Race 1 of the Imola round of the Superbike World Championship.

O’Halloran was only called up for Free Practice 3 on Friday after the injury comeback of Leon Camier, who broke three ribs at Aragon last month, was called off.

The Australian qualified a tenth of a second faster than team-mate Jake Gagne to start 18th, but highsided at the Villeneuve chicane on Lap 2.

“We have had an update from the Clinica Mobile,” read a team tweet.

“Unfortunately, Jason O’Halloran has a fracture in his lower right leg and is on his way to Imola hospital.”

O’Halloran’s partner Rachel Westmoreland later provided further detail, confirming ankle fractures and advising that the 30-year-old has undergone surgery.

O’Halloran had been fourth in the British Superbike Championship.

Jonathan Rea dominated the first WSBK race, leading home fellow Kawasaki Racing Team rider Tom Sykes by nearly four seconds.

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