Experienced World Superbike contender Jonathan Rea has hit out at the lack of warning flags after the Pata Honda rider crashed out on oil in race one at the Nurburgring on Sunday, suffering a broken left leg.
Rea had been holding fourth place on his Fireblade on the penultimate lap at the German venue when the terrifying incident occurred at the high-speed turn eight, where oil had been deposited on the circuit by Federico Sandi’s Pedercini Kawasaki.
Britain’s Leon Camier also went down at the same spot seconds later, with both riders catapulted into the safety barriers.
Fixi Crescent Suzuki rider Camier was taken to hospital for checks but was later given a clean bill of health.
A disgruntled Rea described the incident as ‘unbelievable’ after no lack of adhesion flags were apparently visible where the 26-year-old lost control.
“It’s unbelievable what was happening with the flags in the race because I saw an oil flag at turn six but then nothing at turn seven or after that,” said Rea.
“I went down at the fast left at turn eight and, unfortunately, I stayed conscious throughout so I can remember everything.”
The race was red-flagged and Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes was declared the winner from BMW pair Marco Melandri and Chaz Davies.
Eugene Laverty finished 15th after crashing out before rejoining the race on his Aprilia.
Laverty made amends in race two, finishing as the runner-up behind Welsh rider Davies with Melandri third.
The second race was also brought to a halt prematurely, when a crash resulted in oil being dropped on the circuit once again.