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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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Shaun Harris at the Isle of Man TT in 2007.
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.
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.
Michael Dunlop at the start of the RST Superbike race on the Bennetts Suzuki.

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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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