Crockford serious, but stable
BSB organisers MSVR have issued the following details of the Superstock crash at Brands.
“On the opening lap of the Metzeler National Superstock 1000 Championship race at Brands Hatch, Richard Cooper and Marshal Neill fell at Dingle Dell in separate incidents.
The race was immediately placed under safety car conditions. At the end of this lap, John Crockford collided with the rider immediately ahead of him, Freddy Pett on the Brabham Straight. The race was immediately red flagged and medical services were dispatched to both incidents.
John Crockford sustained multiple injuries, he was treated in the circuit medical centre and flown by Air Ambulance to Royal London Hospital. Marshal Neill was unconscious for a couple of minutes and whilst he regained consciousness trackside he has been flown by the BSB Medical helicopter to Kings College Hospital, London for further scans. Richard Cooper was unhurt and Freddy Pett sustained minor injuries."
On the day following the accident, MSVR offered a further update on the injured riders:
"John Crockford remains in a serious but stable condition in the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel following an accident yesterday (Sunday) during the National Superstock 1000 race at Brands Hatch.
John is sedated and had an operation last night on injuries to his diaphragm, he has other, multiple injuries including a fractured pelvis.
Marshall Neill who crashed in a separate incident in the same race has a stable neck fracture and will be having an operation on his left leg (tibial plateau) this morning."
MSVR issued a further update on the injured riders on Monday, October 17:
"John Crockford remains in a serious but stable condition in the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel following an accident during the Metzeler National Superstock 1000 race at the final round on Sunday 9 October.
John is still sedated and has had operations to pin both his femur and his pelvis. He may yet require another on his back this week.
Marshall Neill who crashed in a separate incident in the same race had a successful operation on vertebrae in his neck on Friday, with plans for a further operation on his knee this week and remains in hospital at Kings College, London."