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British Moto3 rider John McPhee hospitalised after horrendous crash

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British motorbike racer John McPhee has been taken to hospital after losing control of his bike and crashing on lap five of the Philips Island race in Australia.

The Peugeot MC Saxoprint rider of Scotland had performed well during qualifying for the event, with a year best result of fifth place on the grid.

However, tragedy struck for McPhee on lap five of the race when he dropped the bike whilst cornering in thick traffic.

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McPhee, with the bike in tow, then slid across the width of the track taking out three other riders in the process.

One of which actually ran over his head, sending him tumbling unconsciously to the gravel at the outside of the track where he eventually came to a halt.

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One of the other riders involved in the accident, who was unhurt, instantly went to the aid of McPhee, while the others frantically signaled for the emergency services to come and tend to the injured rider.

Immediately following the accident, race marshals brought out the red flag and after a 20-minute break the race re-stared after being reduced to just 10 laps.

Of the 34 riders who took to the original starting grid, only 24 of them returned to the track to finish the race.

South Africa's newly crowned 2016 World Champion Brad Binder won the shortened version of the race. 

You can see the crash in the video below.

Miraculously, McPhee was said to have regained consciousness shortly before arriving at a nearby hospital, while all other riders involved walked away unscathed.

22-year-old McPhee made his introduction to Moto3 in 2012, riding as a wildcard on rounds 5,6, and 12 on a Racing Steps Foundation KRP Honda.

He signed for Racing Team Germany for the 2013 season and finished 19th and 13th respectively in the Rider's Championship in his first two seasons with the team.

McPhee took his first podium finish with a second place in Indianapolis during the 2015 season.

The Scotsman took his first Moto3 win at this season's Czech Republic Grand Prix, on the Peugeot MC Saxoprint bike.

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