Motorbike racing: Hedger escapes after big crash

9:00am Friday 29th June 2012

LUKE Hedger had a lucky escape after spectacularly crashing out of the British 125GP Championship meeting at Knockhill.

It was feared the Yate race ace had broken his leg and his wrist after a serious collision with another rider that caused the race to end prematurely, but the X-rays came back clear after he was taken to a medical centre.

Hedger qualified in eighth after he stayed on the track with the wet set of tyres longer than most riders and he came into the pits too late in the session to facilitate the change to dry tyres.

He negotiated the first turn safely and by the third corner had made it up to seventh.

A lap later he was fifth as he dispatched Joe Irving and Catherine Green.

Hedger then easily took fourth, passing Tarran Mackenzie on the brakes into the tight hairpin.

He found himself with a large gap up to Kyle Ryde in third and the race became a procession as the first four circulated at the same pace, with Bradley Ray leading Jordan Weaving.

However, the pace car came out on lap 14, forcing the riders to bunch up after two riders went down in separate incidents on the track.

While exiting the hairpin on the first flying lap after the pace car left the track, Weaving launched himself over his handlebars leaving both Ray and Hedger with nowhere to go.

Hedger was catapulted off his 22 machine after hitting Ray and landed heavily in the gravel trap.

With three bikes and riders in the track the red flags came out to stop the race, leaving Ryde to take the win from Mackenzie (Redline KTM) in second and Joe Francis (Banks Racing) in third.

However, Hedger remains at the top of the championship table with a four-point lead.

He said: “That wasn’t the plan and I’d settled for fourth when it all went wrong but the crash did look cool on the TV.”

FPW team owner Adrian Mason said: “Luke had ridden very sensibly all weekend and to end the race like that was really unfortunate and I feel for Luke.

“He’d done everything right and didn’t deserve to get knocked off.”

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