World championship superbike rider Dan Linfoot has spoke of his relief after a racetrack crash on Sunday (April 7).
The 24-year-old from Knaresborough fractured his pelvis after colliding during the opening round of the 2013 MCE British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch, but won’t have to undergo surgery.
He said: “I’m feeling lucky not to be more injured.
“It’s a serious injury and it’s come at a bad time, in the very first race, but these things can be much worse or fatal so I’m quite lucky.”
The World championship finalist has gone down well with patients of London Kings College hospital where he has been since the crash.
Fellow patient Graham Phillimore tweeted @danlinfoot: “Laid up in hospital a couple of beds down from you. Nice touch saying hi to the kids.
“This is what sportsmen should be like, approachable and friendly. You got a new fan here, will start watching BSB. All the best.”
Dan said: “The first two days I was in hospital I was in a lot of pain and couldn’t get out of bed.
“I’m hoping to get moved to Harrogate hospital today which will be good as I’ll be nearer home.”
Dans parents and girlfriend, Carly Ward were at the track when the crash happened.
“I think they were worried at first but as soon as they knew I was stable and been taken to hospital they were okay.
“My girlfriend is actually a nurse at Harrogate hospital so she’ll be able to pop in and see me lots on her breaks,” he added.
The racer will unfortunately miss the next two races but hopes to be recovered and racing at Knockhill in June.
He said: “I’ve planned my recovery and will be going to the Isle of Man to use a hyperbaric chamber to speed up my recovery.”
Despite riding motorbikes since he was six years old, Dan only passed his road test in December 2012 after training with A2B Motorcycle Training in Knaresborough.
Barry Haworsen from A2B said: “We wish him well and hope to have him back on the bikes soon.”