Rising star Seb lucky to be alive
WOODBRIDGE'S rising motorbike star Seb Bulpin is lucky to still be alive after a horror crash left him requiring extensive surgery.Racing at Lincolnshire's Cadwell Park track, Bulpin ploughed into a broken down rider head-on at 130mph, on his powerful Honda Hornet 600 bike.
WOODBRIDGE'S rising motorbike star Seb Bulpin is lucky to still be alive after a horror crash left him requiring extensive surgery.
Racing at Lincolnshire's Cadwell Park track, Bulpin ploughed into a broken down rider head-on at 130mph, on his powerful Honda Hornet 600 bike.
After being airlifted to Lincolnshire Hospital, Bulpin, who is currently studying at Guildford University, was eventually moved to Guildford Hospital in Surrey.
The collision left Bulpin with a fractured skull, a blood clot on his brain and multiple fractures to his left arm and leg, as well as both sides of his face.
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The 23-year-old has endured three major operations so far - the first for nine hours to rebuild his left arm and leg, the second to clean the tarmac out of his knee, the third for the fractures to his face, while the dangerous blood clot has thankfully dispersed.
Speaking from his hospital bed, Bulpin said: “I want to get back into racing for definite. It's what I love and I figure what I'm good at.
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“The doctors say I should make a full recovery and regain full mobility so I will now have to spend a lot of time doing physio.”
Before the crash, Bulpin was being hailed as one of the most exciting young prospects to hit the New Era Honda Superclub Championships, just months after taking up the sport.
The former Framlingham College pupil fell in love with bikes as a youngster when he rode a 50cc moped around the fields near his house.
However, Bulpin's involvement in racing was not to be taken up until much later in life, because he was a top junior county golf player.
After captaining the county under-16s and representing the county-18s in the sport, Bulpin “got bored” with golf and, through a twist of fate, turned his attention back to bikes.
Speaking ahead of his crash, Bulpin said: “I went to Cadwell Park for a track day on my own road bike and gave racing a bash.
“I got on pretty well and progressed through two groups on the day.
“After that I sold my two road bikes, bought a race bike and an old van and entered the Honda Superclub Championships.”
Entering the championships late, Bulpin came sixth in his first race and second in his second, before winning his next three races.
Bulpin said: “People were pretty shocked. I'm still a novice and it's obviously quite unusual for a novice to be at the front and winning so well.
“One of the commentators has even described me as the future of the sport.”
Bulpin, who is in his final year of studying business management, will now remain at Guildford Hospital in order to stay close to his university friends.