Bayliss loses finger in high-speed crash , The Sydney Morning Herald, 02/04/07 Australian Troy Bayliss has lost most of a finger after a high-speed crash in this weekend's world superbike round at Donington in England. Troy Bayliss celebrates his win at Phillip Island in March this year. Surgery shortly after the accident failed to save the little finger of his right hand, which was trapped between his bike and the tarmac as he slid off. Bayliss reportedly lost the top two bones of the finger which was crushed beyond repair. The incident happened five laps into race one after the defending world superbike leader broke away from the pack to lead. Ducati team spokesman Julian Thomas said Bayliss had been rushed to Derbyshire Royal Infirmary in an attempt to repair the finger. "Basically he lost most of the bone on the little finger and they decided immediately to take him to hospital," Thomas told Crash.Net.Radio. Thomas said Bayliss had wanted to saddle up again for the second race but the team refused on medical advice because of the possibility of an infection. (YOU CHAMPION!) The crash, at the dangerous Coppice corner, came out of the blue, according to Thomas. "It was a bit of a highside. He was accelerating coming into Coppice and the rear of the bike just snapped away from him," he said. "He was quite winded all over and his hand got caught under the bike." It is uncertain whether the Australian will be fit to ride in the next round of the series in Valencia in Spain in two weeks. Bayliss, who turned 38 last Friday, had dominated the meeting, heading the qualifying sessions and snaring pole position for the first race. His young British rival James Toseland, took out race one on a Honda from Australia's Troy Corser on a Yamaha. Corser also managed a podium in race two, finishing third behind his teammate, Japan's Noriyuki Haga, who staggered Italian Max Biaggi by seizing the lead on the final turn with just seconds remaining. Bayliss breathed life back into his world superbike defence at Phillip Island last month but has now slid down to sixth in the championship, behind Toseland, Biaggi, Haga, Corser and Ducati rider Lorenzo Lanzi. Corser said he was only "reasonably happy" with his results. "I felt comfortable throughout all the practice sessions this weekend and feel I should have got higher," Corser said. A partisan crowd was urging Toseland on for his first clean career sweep but he was halted by a mechanical problem which ground his Honda to a halt. "I was so relieved to win race one because of the pressure of riding in front in your home race, so it was just great to win again," Toseland said. "In race two I had a problem with the quick shifter and it cut the engine and that was that. "I felt really confident about winning the second race as well but a double win has eluded me again, even if I'm still leaving with the championship lead," he said. In world supersport, Yamaha-backed Australians Kevin Curtain and Broc Parkes were spectators at Donington after both broke their collarbones in Friday morning's rain-affected opening practice session, sliding off on the same corner.