BSB » Ellison suffers broken femur in Brands crash

James Ellison is confirmed with a broken femur following his high-speed accident during the second BSB race at Brands Hatch.

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July 22, 2014 10:03 AM

Why does something need to be done about the safety fence and why is it rotten luck?
Ellison got it wrong coming out of Westfield & was too hot entering Dingle Dell.
He went onto the grass and high-sided.
The injury occurred when he hit the ground from the highside. It had nothing to do with the safety fence which did the job it was designed to do.
As for rotten luck, no. Bad luck is when something nasty happens beyond your control. This was down to rider error plain & simple.
I feel sorry for what happened to Ellison but it was not down to either (bad) luck or the fences.


July 22, 2014 5:04 PM


The rotten luck is not that JE crashed, but that it resulted in a serious injury.

Plenty of riders have had bigger faster and nastier looking crashes without suffering from a very nasty, awkwardly sited break to a femur.

These days with the excellent safety kit we have bece used to riders having very high speed crashes and escaping significant injury. Marquez for example crashed last season at double the speed of Ellisons get off and raced the next day.

Youd associate an injury like this far more with a hard impact collision than the incident JE had. There was other crashes over the weekend that looked far more serious that didn't result in injuries as bad.

I'd call that rotten luck.


July 21, 2014 10:41 PM

Rotten luck for JE.

I had an idea he'd hurt his leg as soon as I saw the replay & the way he stayed seated even though he took off his lid & gloves.

A tough guy. I think he was starting to gel with the team and the Kwak, & start to feel he could give Shakey a run for his money this season too. Real shame for the guy.

Get well soon JE.

I hope Stalker can continue to show competitively & give the team something to cheer about. With a break so close to the joint poor Ellison may be out for a while

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