Update on Jordy De Jonge and James Puttrell

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The families of Jordy De Jonge and James Puttrell, the two riders seriously hurt in an opening lap crash at the Brands Hatch round of the National Superstock 600 championship, have released further updates on the conditions of the two riders.

Dutch racer De Jonge has unfortunately suffered a set-back in his recovery process, requiring a second operation to help relieve the pressure in his skull. He remains stable following the successful operation at the Royal London Hospital.

As a consequence, he remains in an artificial coma, making it difficult for the medical staff to assess his condition further. Initial scans show good signs of brain activity, but his doctors have been unwilling to speculate on his level of recovery until his coma is lifted.

Puttrell, who is undergoing treatment at Tooting’s St George’s Hospital, remains stable, and has begun to make small but positive improvements in the past few days.

Both families have spoken out about the massive response they’ve received from BSB fans, teams, marshals and organisers, and have taken the time to thank everyone for the huge amount they’ve received so far.

Speaking in a statement, Jordy’s spokesperson Patrick van de Sande says the outpouring of support they’ve received has blown the family away.

“The fact that Jordy didn’t qualify at Donington means the race at Brands Hatch Indy was his first race. The crash was in the first mile of the race. For Jordy’s Mum and Dad it has been unbelievable to experience every day the family feeling of BSB. Fans, riders, marshals, medics, and organisation: thank you all! And special thanks to all the people of Jordy’s team G&S Racing; since the crash they have done a great job behind the scenes.”

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer