British Supersport rider Stuart Easton revisited the scene of his near-fatal accident at the North West 200 in Northern Ireland on Tuesday as he prepares to return to the event in May.
Easton has joined the Ulster-based Mar-Train Racing Yamaha team for 2013 to challenge for the Supersport crown he previously won in 2002.
The 29-year-old from Hawick in Scotland will also contest the North West 200 for the first time since a serious 140mph smash in 2011.
Easton suffered a string of terrible injuries in the incident after clipping the rear of his then MSS Kawasaki team-mate Gary Mason's machine in practice, which slowed suddenly due to a suspected electrical fault.
Mason stayed upright, but Easton was flung over the handlebars and careered down the middle of the road, coming to rest some 100m from where the initial impact took place.
His injuries included a shattered pelvis, a ruptured bowel, two broken legs and serious internal bleeding, which posed the biggest danger to his life.
Thankfully, he recovered after a three-month spell in hospital in Belfast and Edinburgh and eventually returned to action in the British Superbike Championship.
During his visit to Northern Ireland for a North West 200 press conference this week, Stuart also visited the medical staff at the Royal Victoria Hospital who treated him in the aftermath of his crash.
On his return to the international road race in May – when he will compete on Yamaha machinery in the Supersport and Superbike classes – Easton said: “I can honestly say that I now know what real pain is. It is unbelievable how much your body can take but I got through it.