IOM TT: Cameron Donald out after 130mph crash

Unofficial lap record holder sidelined after high speed crash on GSX-R1000

THE FASTEST ever man to lap the Isle of Man TT Mountain Course has been ruled out of race week after crashing.

Australian Cameron Donald is out of this week's race event on the Island after crashing his Relentless Suzuki GSX-R1000 Superstock machine at Keppel Gate during Friday night's final practice session for the 2009 Isle of Man TT Races.

After becoming the fastest ever rider around the Isle of Man TT Circuit only 24 hours earlier with a lap of more than 131mph, Donald was in a positive frame of mind during his opening lap of the session session.

As he approached the Keppel Gate section of the course, the Melbourne resident missed a gear, forcing him to run wide onto the grass. Donald did his best to stay on-board but eventually crashed on the uneven surface, dislocating his left shoulder and suffering a minor back injury.

He said: "It's disappointing. I was doing Ok, I ran wide and went into a field and things were going really well until I hit a hole in the field that I couldn't see because it was covered in moss. I fell and my shoulder came out. It took three people to put it back in.
"It's frustrating because I've based everything in my season around the TT, but I won't get too down by it."