Sandor Bitter escapes serious injury after NW200 crash

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Hungarian rider Sandor Bitter has escaped serious injury after the crash that brought out the red flags and brought a premature end to last night’s racing at the North West 200.

The Hungarian rider came off on his first lap of the superstock race at Ballysally roundabout, bringing out the red flags after his T&R Motorsport BMW caught fire. He needed medical attention on the scene after knocking himself unconscious, but escaped without serious injuries.

“The crash was a result of rider failure. I was behind Steve Heneghan, when I fell at the roundabout. Maybe the cold tyres also had part in it, as we put on brand new tyres before the race and they did not have time to warm up enough.”

Despite a broken hand, cracked ribs and a potential injury to his spine, the former Olympic boxer is hoping to be back in time for the TT in two weeks time – but says he’s confident that he’ll bounce back in time.

“I am lying in the same pose since the accident. I will have CT scan and MRI again. After those will the doctors decide about me, I feel I will receive good news.

“I am grateful for the many good wishes! Thanks to Stephen Thompson and to T&R Motorsport for the lot of care, and for the perfect bike. I know it is damaged, but I hope that with my friend ‘Hong Kong’ Thompson we can make it ready for the TT, and hopefully I will be also somewhat OK. Thanks to everyone who supports me in this season!”

Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer