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TT star Guy Martin expected to leave hospital in a few days

Guy Martin, who was involved in a huge crash during the 2010 Isle of Man TT Senior race, has thanked fans for their support as he recovers in hospital.
From his bed in hospital, popular road racer Guy Martin has thanked his fans for their support after suffering a high speed crash in the 2010 Isle of Man TT Senior race.

The 29-year-old was dicing for the lead of Friday's six-lap race when, on lap three, he crashed heavily at Ballagarey. He had just left the pits and had a full fuel tank.

His Wilson Craig Honda super bike smashed into a hedge and burst into flames, bringing out the red flag so fire engines could attend the scene.

Initial reports suggested the popular Martin had sustained grave injuries, but word soon filtered through that he was conscious and talking to medics at the scene.

He was airlifted to Noble's Hospital for treatment and there was applause from all around the 37.73-mile Mountain course when it was announced that Martin had escaped serious injury.

Accident and Emergency consultant Maric Thorpe issued a statement which said Martin had been talking to medical staff throughout his treatment and had suffered bruising to both lungs and some minor fractures in his upper spine.

The rider was 'otherwise well', the doctor said.

The statement said Martin was expected to remain in hospital for a few days and the doctor said:

“Guy asked me to pass on his thanks to his fans for all their support.”

The doctor added Martin had joked he should reassure fans the crash had 'nothing to do with lack of commitment from him!'

The Senior TT was restarted after the scene was cleared and the race, reduced to four laps, was won by Ian Hutchinson.

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Guy Martin prepares for the Senior TT, in which he would crash heavily on lap 3, bringing out the red flag during the 2010 Isle of Man TT blue riband race
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki in the Senior TT.
Peter Hickman in the Senior TT on the Smiths BMW.
Michael Dunlop on the Bennetts Suzuki in the Senior TT.
Bruce Anstey on his way to victory in the TT Zero race.
Guy Martin on the Honda Racing Superbike.
Alan Bonner was killed in an incident at the 33rd Milestone.
Jochem van den Hoek.
Michael Rutter took victory in the Lightweight TT on the Italian Paton.
Dan Kneen celebrates with his team after sealing his maiden Isle of Man TT rostrum in the Superstock race.
Ian Hutchinson celebrates his Superstock victory.
Ian Hutchinson on his way to victory in the Superstock TT on the Tyco BMW.
Davey Lambert in the RST Superbike race.
A Sidecar narrowly missed spectators in an incident that was captured in a video posted on YouTube.
James Hillier on the JG Speedfit Kawasaki in the opening Supersport TT race.
Michael Dunlop in the Supersport TT.
Michael Dunlop on his Yamaha in the Supersport TT.
Peter Hickman claimed his maiden podium at the Isle of Man TT with a runner-up finish in the RST Superbike race.

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Mark Bayliss - Unregistered

June 12, 2010 11:42 AM

Guy Martin is what the TT is all about. His interview on ITV4 summed it up - he races not for money but because he loves riding the island. Thank God you are OK Sir and here's wishing you a speedy recovery. The island would be a MUCH poorer place without you.

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