Ballyclare’s Jamie Hamilton remains in a critical condition in hospital in Liverpool following a high-speed crash in Friday’s Senior race at the Isle of Man TT.
The 24-year-old came off on the approach to the 11th Milestone on the second lap of the race at Burnside.
Hamilton, riding Dungannon team owner John Burrows’ Suzuki, was airlifted to Nobles Hospital in Douglas after being treated at the scene.
The incident caused the race – the final event of the 2015 festival – to be red-flagged.
Hamilton was later flown to Aintree University Hospital in Liverpool.
The former top TT newcomer sustained serious head, leg and arm injuries in the crash and last night team boss Burrows told the News Letter he was praying the young Ulster rider would pull through.
“He’s a very seriously ill lad. The next few days are going to be crucial and initially at Nobles hospital they told us that he might not survive this,” he said.
“Naturally we’re all hoping that Jamie can pull through and I’m hopeful that he can. It’s just devastating for everyone.
“Jamie was just buzzing about being at the TT and we were loving having him in the team. He just seemed to walk into the team and fit in straight away,” added Burrows.