Spectator seriously hurt in NW200 crash

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A spectator has been seriously hurt in a crash during the opening Superstock race at the North West 200. A three-bike collision during the race, delayed from Thursday night, threw debris into the crowd and injured two racers as well.

Occurring on the second lap of the race, which was eventually scrapped after a red flag in the restart, Dean Harrison was the first rider to fall on the run towards Mill Road roundabout.

His crash also brought down Litchenstein rider Horst Saiger and local racer Stephen Thompson. Harrison walked away unhurt, but both Saiger and Thompson have been hospitalised with non-life threatening injuries.

However, debris from the crash also seriously hurt a female spectator watching trackside, who was subsequently airlifted to Belfast’s Royal Victoria Hospital, who has described her condition as critical.

Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer