James Ellison has sustained a broken right femur after his high-speed accident in yesterday’s second BSB race at Brands Hatch. The Kendal rider strayed onto the grass at Dingle Dell and lost control in spectacular fashion, making a heavy impact with the barriers.
Ellison was initially treated trackside before being transferred to Kings College Hospital in South London where he was diagnosed with a break to the ball at the top of his right femur, as well as other minor injuries.
Mark Smith-Halvorsen, Team Principal of Lloyds British GBmoto Kawasaki, has offered his full support to Ellison as he begins his recovery and will visit him in hospital later today.
“After looking so strong all weekend it was a gutting conclusion for James. He was out there leading the race and pushing with the front running pace he had shown all weekend, but one small mistake has ended with a huge accident that was entirely undeserved.”
“After reviewing his X-rays, and on the advice of specialists, he is currently undergoing surgery this morning at Kings College Hospital in London. From there we as a team will be doing everything we can to ensure a swift and complete recovery for James so we can see him back out where he belongs; on his #77 Lloyds British GBmoto Kawasaki.”
Ellison is not yet assured of a place in the championship showdown but Smith-Halvorsen is refusing to put any pressure on him to return quickly.
“Currently, we have no confirmation on how long he will be out of action for and we’ll not be pushing for him to return until he is fully fit and ready to do so. I would like to personally send my best wishes to James, as do the entire team – our well wishes also go to Barry Burrell who had a big crash yesterday too.”