Biker makes remarkable comeback
FEARLESS motorcycle ace Phil Seton is set to ride for championship glory again – just weeks after he suffered terrible injuries crashing into a tyre wall at 120mph.
FEARLESS motorcycle ace Phil Seton is set to ride for championship glory again - just weeks after he suffered terrible injuries crashing into a tyre wall at 120mph.
The brave Colchester rider departs for France today in a bid to relaunch his promising career at a minor race meet at the weekend.
The 29-year-old's season threatened to come to a shattering end when he smashed into safety tyres during a British Supersport Cup meet at Thruxton, Hampshire, in April.
He was knocked unconscious and suffered a broken jaw, ribs, collarbone and wrists and many friends feared he would not ride again.
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But just days after having the plaster from his wrist removed he set about the painful - and expensive - task of rebuilding his powerful Kawasaki 7X6RR 600cc machine, which he completed yesterday.
Only the shock absorbers and the engine survived the crash, but the bike, which weighs 162kgs and has 130bhp, is back to its £16,000 best.
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Mr Seton, who runs his Shark Kawasazi team from his home in Fingringhoe, said he would compete in two races at northern France circuit in Croix en Tournois at the weekend as preparation for an amazing return to the British Supersport Cup in July.
"I can't wait for it. I've got no fear whatsoever, no worries in the world about riding again," he said.
"Even as I was lying in hospital, people were wondering whether I wanted to give up - it never entered my head, it's what I do.
"Saturday will be the first time since the crash that I have been on the bike. I've got a slight worry about my wrist, which I need for the throttle, so I'll probably only really go for it on Sunday.
"I'll be doing shorter nine-lap races because that way, I'll ease myself back into it."
If all goes well, he has pencilled in a July 8 at his favourite circuit at Snetterton to rejoin the championship.
"My season effectively starts again then. I will be hoping to get in the top five in each race, but maybe also a podium finish."