Jamie Hamilton making steady progress after TT smash

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Northern Irishman Jamie Hamilton is making slow but stead progress after the horrific crash that almost cost him his life during this year’s Senior race at the Isle of Man TT.

Saying this week from his hospital bed in Belfast’s Royal Victoria Hospital that he plans to return to racing, his Cookstown Burrows Engineering Racing team boss (and former racer himself) John Burrows says that he’ll have the full backing of the squad when he’s fit again.

“Stressed is not the word for how we all felt in the days immediately after the TT crash. It was terrible for the whole team and of course more so for his family.

But I can’t believe how remarkable Jamie’s progress has been in just four weeks and he’s told me he wants to race again.

“I couldn’t ask for a nicer kid to work with and I want him back as soon as he’s ready – the team and bikes will be here for him when that time comes around, even if it’s 2017. We realise it’s going to be a long process and we don’t want to rush him!

“The crash at the end of the TT was such a pity after all he had done in the previous fortnight. Jamie was eighth fastest in qualifying overall, equaled his best TT result with fifth in the Lightweight, did a personal best lap of 128.2 mph and was in the running for the TT Privateers title, eventually finishing second to Dan Cooper. Hopefully, he can find that form again when he returns to action. When he does, I can guarantee he will have the full support of Cookstown Burrows Engineering Racing!”

Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer