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Published: Tuesday September 24, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday September 24, 2013 MYT 7:32:45 AM

Teen superbike rider’s condition improves after tragic accident

PETALING JAYA: The medical condition of the teenage superbike rider injured in an accident that killed a safety marshal at the Sepang International Circuit has improved.

Team manager Steven Ong said doctors at Hospital Kuala Lumpur had stopped the blood transfusion for Muhammad Izzat Mohd Abdul Hakim although the 17-year-old was still under sedation.

“His condition remains critical but otherwise stable,” he said yesterday.

Ong had earlier urged Muhammad Izzat’s team mates, friends, family members and relatives to pray for his speedy recovery.

The teenager collided with Satish Suppiah, 44, at the end of Saturday’s morning practice session. Satish had undergone surgery the same night. However, he died at the Putrajaya Hospital and was cremated after a Christian service the next day.

Both SIC and the Automobile Association of Malaysia are investigating the accident.

SIC chief executive officer Datuk Razlan Razali said Paul Butler, the race director of the International Motorcycling Federation (FIM) and MotoGP, had written to FIM on the need to review the chequered flag protocol following the incident.

Currently, safety marshals wave the flag at track level as MotoGP riders have complained that they could not see the flag if it were to be waved from a raised platform.

Tags / Keywords: Sport, Automotive, Superbike, accident


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