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Michael Pearson plans to continue his Southern 100 campaign

Michael Pearson, whose last lap crash in the 2010 Southern 100 Senior race brought out the red flag, has hit back at rumours about his injuries and confirmed he plans to race tonight.
Michael Pearson escaped injury in his crash at Ballakeighan on the final lap of last night's Senior race at the 2010 Southern 100, and plans to race again this evening.

To counter rumours circulating about the extent of his injuries, Pearson has issued a statement saying he is fine and will continue his campaign on the 4.25-mile Billown circuit in the south of the Isle of Man.

The Ballygowan man lost control of his 1000cc Morrell Kawasaki on the sixth lap of the Total Oil Senior race. The red flag came out and the result was declared based on the order at the end of lap five, with Michael Dunlop leading home Ian Lougher and Ryan Farquhar.

It seems there was some confusion about Pearson's condition. leading his team to issue a statement saying:

“Contrary to rumours, Michael sustained no injuries and is planning to race in the Supersport 600 race.”

Pearson added:

“It was just as I hit the brakes on the approach to Ballakeighan that I lost the front end and from that point onwards, I was on the road to no return.”

“I escaped with nothing more than a sore hip, which I sustained as I hit one of the curbs, but other than that, I am perfectly okay.”

“I will be racing on Wednesday in the 600 race as planned.”

He said the Morrell Kawasaki did sustain some damage, which was due to be evaluated today.

The opening night of racing was hit by rain and wind, leading to the 600cc race being postponed. It is hoped tonight's schedule of four races will go ahead, with each race over six laps, and the postponed 600cc being held afterwards, also over six laps. However, there is currently heavy rain once again in the Isle of Man.

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Fitzjnr - Unregistered

July 14, 2010 8:57 PM

The southern runs in all conditions to be honest. The difference between it and the TT is the Southern does not have the visability issues the TT does for the rescue helecopter. Also not as long as the TT so tyres do not come into play so much. Yeah you are never more than 2 feet from a wall although the Southern does have a reasonable safety record. George Peach and his team run a cracking meeting and everyone enjoys it. Not called 'The Friendly Meeting' for nothing. Brilliant circuit, I preferred racing it to the TT and had some of my best races there.

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