Karl Muggeridge, who had been due to replace injured Castrol Honda rider, Ruben Xaus, at this weekend’s ninth round World Superbike encounter at Silverstone, has been forced to withdraw from the event.
Whilst on holiday with his family in northern Italy, Muggeridge was training on a mountain bike when he crashed and sprained his right wrist. While no fracture was sustained, Muggeridge and his German HPR Honda team had no alternative but to withdraw him from the Silverstone event.
Australian Muggeridge is the reigning IDM German Superbike champion. He currently lies second in the series with the next round scheduled for 7 August, just one week after Silverstone.
Despite the short notice, the Castrol Honda team has recruited Italian rider, Fabrizio Lai, to replace Muggeridge. The 32-year-old made his WSBK debut last season with the Echo CRS Honda team.
A former 125 and 250GP rider and podium finisher, Lai is currently competing in the Italian Superbike championship on a CBR1000RR for the Echo Honda squad, to whom the Castrol Honda team is very grateful for his release.
We’re sorry to hear the bad news Karl and wish you a speedy recovery. And of course we wish all the best to Fabrizio at Silverstone!