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Haskovec Injured At Infineon
czech rider airlifted from the track
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Sunday, May 15, 2005
This in from Team M4 EMGO Suzuki:

HASKOVEC INJURED AT INFINEON

Team M4 EMGO Suzuki's Vincent Haskovec suffered a serious injury from a crash at Infineon Raceway on Saturday. The 31-year old Czech-born rider was transported by helicopter to the Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. The team is currently awaiting a full report from the doctors.

Vincent fell victim to a crash in a high-speed corner in the Formula Xtreme race, slid through a grassy area, and came into contact with a steel barrier fronted by a single row of tires. There were no soft barriers in the turn.
Vincent Haskovec Injury Update
Punctured Lung, Broken Ribs, Broken Clavicle and a Back Injury
by Staff
Sunday, May 15, 2005
Statement from Team M4 EMGO Suzuki Regarding The Condition of Rider Vincent Haskovec Who Was Injured in a Single-Bike Incident During the Lockhart-Phillips USA Formula Xtreme Feature on Saturday

Haskovec was admitted to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital on Saturday. Hospital doctors have diagnosed him to have a punctured lung, broken ribs, broken clavicle and a back injury. Hospital doctors list him in stable condition; he is awake and alert. Hospital doctors plan to perform surgery on Haskovec's back within the next two days, once swelling in the region subsides. He will remain at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, at the discretion of hospital doctors. The incident took place at Turn 5, bringing out the red flag.

Further information will be released as it becomes available. The hospital has requested that interested parties please refrain from calling as they are unable to speak with anyone over the phone.

Cards should be sent to:
Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital ICU
Patient: Vincent Haskovec
1165 Montgomery Dr.
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
(Please, no fresh flowers. They are not allowed in the ICU.)

I don't know if any of you watched all the Daytona races this year, but Haskovec had the best race of his career and made podium. His excitement level and his attitude in the post race interview instantly made him a favorite among many racing fans. I hope he is able to fully recover from this and get back on the track.

A Gmail account is set up in case any of you feel like dropping a get well note. [email protected]
 

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Oh man :( Rumors going around that he is suffering at least partial paralysis :( Not sure if its expected to be temporary or permanent, or if its even true... I hope not man, that is a real bummer. Good luck Vincent.
 

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Vincent is currently paralized below the chest. Until the swelling around the injured area subsides, they won't know if this is permanent. They did have the remove bone fragments from his spinal cord, and stabilize the area, which is pretty bad. The odds are probably not good.

Given what John has done for improving rider safety over the last few years, my heart goes out to both him and Vincent. It is simply a tragedy that any of us, especially one of his riders, once again get injured due to a lack of safety at a racetrack. He hit a steel armco barrier with a single row of tires in front of it. No haybails, nevermind soft barriers or airfence.

No race org in the US is currently willing to spend any $$$ to make sure their customers are as safe as they could be. It's sickening.

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Press Release from M4 Performance Exhaust

M4 Performance Exhaust wishes our friend Vincent Haskovec the best of luck and a speedy full recovery from the injuries he sustained at Infineon Raceway on May 14th. Vincent is an amazing person who touches everyone and everything he participates in with an enthusiasm for life.

We urge all of Vincent's friends and fans to continue to keep him in their thoughts and prayers as he works hard to recover (you can e-mail your messages of support to getwell[email protected]), and to remember to support organizations like Roadracing World Action Fund, that work so hard to increase rider safety and prevent serious accidents like the one Vincent suffered last weekend.
 

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Maybe somebody ( SHAN ) should email him with a link to this or another thread where we can all wish him well!!!
 

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Clip from Soup:

While some parts of the Infineon road course featured soft barriers designed to absorb impact, there were no soft barriers placed in front of the tire wall and steel barrier Haskovec hit. Following his crash, soft barriers were deployed in front of the barrier.

The entire Team M4 EMGO Suzuki crew thanks fans for their support of Vincent, and urges racetrack operators and motorcycle sanctioning bodies to focus on pro-actively placing soft barriers not just in front of walls that motorcycle racers have hit, but instead, in front of walls racers may hit.
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That would only make sense...it's too bad that somebody has to get hurt before they realize it.

Sometimes all somebody has to do is think outside the box to prevent something like this!
 
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