A young motorcyclist was seriously hurt on Saturday afternoon after he lost control of his motorbike while riding in Xewkija. 

The 22-year-old rider, who lives in Xagħra, fell off his Suzuki motorbike while riding on Triq ix-Xħajma at around 2pm. 

An ambulance was called to the scene and went on to take him to Gozo General Hospital, where he is being treated.

Doctors have certified his injuries as being serious in nature. In a statement, the police said that an inquiry into the case is under way.