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Millennium/KWS Suzuki GSX-R1000 Rider Transported to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital

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Millennium/KWS Suzuki had very fast lap times at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California from replacement rider Lee Acree. Ben Thompson was injured at Auto Club Speedway a few weeks prior and could not compete at Infineon and Acree was Thompson’s replacement.

Millennium/KWS Suzuki rider Lee Acree injured at Infineon Raceway
Millennium/KWS Suzuki rider Lee Acree injured at Infineon Raceway
In Superstock qualifying Acree turned a 1:37.373 for fifth position. This put Acree on the inside of the second row for the start of the race. For Superbike qualifying, Acree started on the third row in the twelfth position with a time of 1:37.988.

KWS Suzuki GSX-R1000 crashed into the back of former World Endurance Champion Jason Pridmore at Sonoma, California
KWS Suzuki GSX-R1000 crashed into the back of former World Endurance Champion Jason Pridmore at Sonoma, California
Acree spent the majority of the Superstock race battling for fourth position with Blake Young, Chris Paris and Jason Pridmore. The four riders were separated by a few tenths of a second and switched positions several times. Acree was closing in when Pridmore’s engine failed and he slowed. With only a few bike lengths separating the two riders there was no time to react and Acree made hard contact with the back of Pridmore’s Suzuki at 130 mph.

“That crash was one of the worst I have ever seen,” said Team Owner Kevin Hunt. “We are very fortunate that Lee and Jason were not hurt any worse.”

Both Acree and Pridmore were transported to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. Pridmore went by ambulance and Acree by helicopter because paramedics were concerned about internal bleeding. Pridmore was released from the hospital that afternoon with a mild concussion. Acree was admitted with a compound fracture of the left Tibia and Fibula just above the ankle. Acree is expected to be out of racing for the next four months.

“We were having such a good weekend until the crash,” said Acree. “The Millennium/KWS Suzuki GSX-R1000 with K&N Engineering products is one of the best bikes I have ever ridden.”

Ben Thompson is scheduled to be back in action on the Millennium/KWS Suzuki GSX-R1000 with K&N products at Miller Motorsports Park in two weeks.

Also check out the Millenium/KWS Suzuki Racing video.

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