TT crash rider Jamie Hamilton: I’ve a long way to go to get back on a bike

Ballyclare motorbike racer Jamie Hamilton.
Ballyclare motorbike racer Jamie Hamilton.

Injured road racer Jamie Hamilton says he has a long way to go before he will be able to climb back onto a motorbike.

The 24-year-old, who was airlifted to hospital after he came off his bike in the Senior Race at the Isle of Man TT on June 12, has given details of the injuries he sustained and thanked well-wishers for their ‘overwhelming’ support.

“I have multiple fractures to my right leg and foot, I’ve fractures to my right arm and I also received a head injury. So, still, at this moment ... I’ve a long road to go before I will make it back onto a motorbike,” an update on the Ballyclare man’s Facebook page read.

Hamilton, a former Irish Supersport champion was in a critical condition for several days after the crash. He was transferred from Nobles Hospital on the Isle of Man to Aintree University Hospital, Liverpool before coming home to Northern Ireland.

On Wednesday (July 8) he revealed he was allowed to switch on his phone for the first time in three-and-a-half weeks. With his mum, Helen, updating his Facebook status on his behalf, he said: “I’ve had a brief look over ... messages and missed calls and it is so overwhelming to see the support I’ve had at this difficult time within the last few weeks. [I] wish I could reply to everyone individually, though at this point I don’t feel capable to do so.”

He added: “I would like to thank John Burrows, Rachel Burrows, all in the Cookstown BE Engineering Team and all my close friends and Helen Mccomb for the support at this hard time.”

Hamilton also paid tribute to John Hinds, the road racing travelling doctor who died following an incident during practice at the Skerries 100 meeting near Dublin.

“I’d just like to say my thoughts go to the family of John Hinds who sadly lost the fight. He helped me many times in the past... thank you,” added Hamilton.