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Kettering’s James McBride has made a return to the race track following his high speed crash at the TT just 16 weeks ago; he attended a track day at Mallory Park in Leicestershire on Tuesday 16th September thanks to CIA Insurance.

McBride had been supplied a standard GSX-R600 K1 with old Metzeler tyres and gradually eased himself back into riding. He crashed at Gorse Lee at 150mph sustaining a compound fracture to his right humerous and shattered the head of his humerous, punctured his lung and broke four ribs, so to be back on a bike just 16 weeks later really is an achievement.

Once settled into the K1 and having made a few adjustments McBride managed to put in a number of sub one minute laps hitting the 58sec mark, completing a total of 60 laps. He didn’t complete the final session as the rigours of the Esses was making its presence felt on his shoulder injury.


James said: “It felt good to be back on a bike even though it was a pretty standard one. I was happy with my lap times but towards the end of the day I was feeling tired and the tyres were starting to move around so I called it a day. I’d like to thank all my sponsors for standing by me during this tough time, I really appreciate all the support I’ve had.”  

Thanks to Pazzo racing, Spidi UK, Shoei, Speedycom, R&G, Rock Oil, Ape accessories and Standard Engineering. The bike was supplied by Sean Harker of SLH.

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