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Isle of Sheppey Superbike champion Shane 'Shakey' Byrne in intensive care

A Kent Superbike champion has been spending the weekend in intensive care after crashing during testing.

Shane 'Shakey' Byrne, from the Isle of Sheppey, is reported to have crashed during a testing session for a race in Norfolk on Thursday.

The incident happened as teams prepared for the Bennetts Superbike Championship.

Superbike champion Shane Byrne is to undergo surgery after crashing
Superbike champion Shane Byrne is to undergo surgery after crashing

He was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital after the crash at Snetterton, after briefly losing consciousness.

In an update on the athlete's condition posted on the championship's Twitter page, a spokesman said he was being monitored for a variety of injuries.

"Shane remains in the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital under observation for a range of injuries," the update said.

"The BSB Medical Team have been liaising closely with Shane’s family and the hospital regarding his condition.

"A surgical procedure to stabilise spinal fractures is planned for the beginning of next week, with treatment for other injuries planned thereafter.

"Further updates will be provided post surgery."

"My head is all over the place" - Petra Byrne

Meanwhile the Mr Byrne's partner posted on social media thanking well-wishers for their support.

Petra Byrne said: "Sorry for not replying to all the hundreds of messages I get.

"My head is all over the place. At hospital by [Shane's] side.

"Thank you for all the love. Means a lot x."

It is thought the rider crashed at 'Turn 3'.

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