News 12 Nov 2017

Evans and Tanti injured in AUS-X Open heat race collision

Yamaha duo currently recovering in hospital with multiple injuries.

Image: Alex Gobert (Foremost Media).

Serco Yamaha’s Mitch Evans and Bulk Nutrients WBR Yamaha’s Aaron Tanti have both been seriously injured after colliding in the second SX2 heat race at last night’s Monster Energy AUS-X Open in Sydney.

The pair were challenging for a podium position when they crossed paths throughout the rhythm lane, which ultimately saw Evans land on top of Tanti during the opening laps.

They were both immediately attended to by the Racesafe medical crew, before being carted off the circuit. Evans’ revealed this morning that he’s suffered multiple vertebra fractures in his lower back, while also sustaining two fractures to his pelvic bone.

“[I] had an unfortunate crash last night at AUS-X Open,” said Evans in a statement on social media. “[I] got scans last night, which show I have fractures in my L2, L3 and L4 vertebras, and two fractures in my pelvis.

“[I’m] wishing Aaron Tanti a speedy recovery who involved in the crash with me. A big thank you to the Racesafe team for taking good care of me at the track and thank you to you all who messaged me.”

As for Tanti, his team has confirmed he’s in good spirits and responding well after suffering a severe concussion, along with two broken hips and damage to his shoulder.