Defending Formula USA Unlimited Superbike Champion Grant Lopez crashed during practice at Pocono International Raceway late Tuesday afternoon and was transported to a local hospital via helicopter.

The use of a helicopter to transport unconscious riders is standard procedure for the raceway. Lopez was initially unconcious but regained conciousness prior to the arrival of the helicopter.

The incident called into question Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's ambitious plans to have Lopez compete in both the Formula USA races scheduled for this Sunday at Pocono as well as the AMA Formula Xtreme races scheduled for this Saturday at Pikes Peak International Raceway in Fountain, Colorado.