News 31 Oct 2023

Stop & Seal team release update on Toparis condition

Broken arm outlined for double Supersport champion.

Image: Foremost Media.

An update has been released on the condition of Tom Toparis by the Stop & Seal team following that nasty crash at Phillip Island which brought out the red flags in Supersport race two.

In the final race of the weekend, Toparis, from pole, was shuffled back to P4 in the early stages but wasted no time in fighting back to second, behind race leader Olly Simpson (Yamaha).

Unfortunately going through turn 12 on the opening lap, Toparis had a sizeable high side and was worryingly stretched off the track after laying motionless, with his team confirming that was knocked out and a broken arm had been sustained.

“I’m sore and my arm is broken, but I’m ok,” said Toparis. “I’ve had scans done on my head since I was knocked out when I first hit the ground, but at this point, I just need to rest up while we decide on the best plan for my arm and see how things go.

“I’m disappointed to finish the weekend this way, I really wanted to give everyone in the team two race wins on the 600 and I was planning on racing the Superbike in the second race for myself more than anything. With the new bikes being so new, we just went out on rode laps on Friday as a shake-down and to get comfortable, before starting to make some minor changes on Saturday to both bikes.

“We found an issue on the Superbike that prevented me setting a time in qualifying and meant I didn’t have 100 percent throttle until Sunday’s morning warm-up so I’m even happier with the progress we made there even though we missed setting a good time. For now, we’ll wait for the doctors to make some decisions on my arm and we’ll decide next steps from there.”

Until that point Toparis was enjoying a successful weekend in Supersport, posting the fastest time in practice, qualifying and before taking a commanding victory in race one.

He also completed all of Friday in the Superbike category, making great progress to feature inside the top 10 on Saturday morning in the 1m33s bracket. Prior to qualifying – where he, unfortunately, suffered a technical issue – he was leaning towards not racing the Superbike on Sunday, and after sitting out race one, he revealed he attended to line-up for the second outing.

Just over a month remains until the final round of the 2023 Mi-Bike Australian Superbike Championship, set to take place between 1-3 December at The Bend.