Motorcyclist could need facial surgery
AN experienced motorcyclist could need reconstructive surgery on his face after crashing at high speed into a post during a Suffolk race.The 44-year-old local rider, who has not been named, suffered severe facial injuries in the accident, which happened during yesterday's race at Cornard Tyre, Great Cornard.
AN experienced motorcyclist could need reconstructive surgery on his face after crashing at high speed into a post during a Suffolk race.
The 44-year-old local rider, who has not been named, suffered severe facial injuries in the accident, which happened during yesterday's race at Cornard Tyre, Great Cornard.
The man was flown to Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, where members of the race organisers, Sudbury Motorcycle Club, said he was expected to undergo some form of reconstructive surgery.
Club secretary Graham Mays last night told the EADT the experienced rider had suffered facial injuries after colliding with the post following a crash involving a number of competitors.
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"He was not unconscious but we have been told he might need surgery following the facial wound,” Mr Mays said.
"The rider was pretty shocked, as you would expect. He hit the post but had all the correct safety gear on like a helmet and goggles.
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"The rider concerned is a popular member of the circuit and a larger than life character - even after the accident he kept his sense of humour. We just wish him a very speedy recovery.”
The accident happened at the second heat of the race when it is believed the rider was involved in an accident with fellow motorcyclists before crashing into the post.
He was immediately attended by on-scene paramedics before the East Anglian Air Ambulance was called.
Mr Mays said: "It is a dangerous sport and we know this type of injury could have been a lot worse. Safety is paramount in the club and we always ensure we adhere to all safety guidelines at every meeting."
A spokesman for East Anglian Air Ambulance said they were called to the incident at about 1.30pm and flew the man to Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge.