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Former TT star Shaun Harris 'critical' in hospital

Shaun Harris is said to be in a critical condition in Christchurch Hospital following a serious accident during a motorcycle race on Saturday.
Three-time Isle of Man TT winner Shaun Harris is in a critical condition in Christchurch Hospital following a serious accident during a race at Levels Raceway at Timaru Motor Raceway on Saturday.

The 50-year-old is understood to have suffered a serious head injury in the accident and was said to be placed in an induced coma.

Harris, who was involved in a major crash at the TT after coming off at Union Mills in 2007, was reported to have been thrown from his machine in a high-side on the exit of a hairpin turn.

An eyewitness said nobody else was involved in the accident.

In December, Harris said he was using motorcycle racing as a tool to rebuild his confidence and health in the wake of his accident at the TT in the 2007 Superstock race.

His wife, Fiona Kelsen, is believed to have flown to Christchurch to be with her husband. The couple have a daughter, Petra.



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PatrickD

January 29, 2016 1:10 PM

I'm amazed and slightly bemused that he went back to any type of racing. His crash was so serious on the Island that anyone else would've parked it. I feel sorry for him, and especially his family, but it comes across as kind of reckless. When you're in a high speed road racing accident, you should (in a split second) make a pact that if you see the other side of this, you're staying out.



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