Leatt ultimately saved my life
It was the first race meet of the season (9th Feb., 2014) at AJS motorcycle club and the first race of the day.
During practice I was riding really well and was really excited for a good day. I had a horrible start to the first moto and rode really well to get myself through the field and back up to about a 5th or 6th position. On the last lap as I was coming out of a tight right hander, 4 corners from the finish line, and executing a beauty of a pass (or so I thought haha), I decided that I needed to pull a tear-off because I just couldn’t see enough. This was mistake number one. Mistake number 2 was deciding that I could pull it on a flat sandy section of the track. My depth perception was obviously way off. I reached for the tear-off I went through a little drop off and my front wheel bit in at the top and this was in third gear. This sent me straight over the bars and head first into the rise coming out of the dip. At the time I wasn’t thinking of anything but getting back up and finishing the race but I just couldn’t move, (LUCKILY FOR ME I DIDN’T) and a fellow rider, Chris Brown, abandoned his hopes of the race and got off to help me. He obviously witnessed the crash and saw how serious it was and took charge of the situation making me stable and protecting my neck whilst redirecting the other riders until the ambulance and track officials, in particular Tanya Cairns, came to take over. From the condition of my helmet and Leatt GPX Race neck brace they were treating me as a suspected spinal injury.
From the track I was taken directly to hospital. After 3 days in hospital it was determined that I had broken my C7 and T1 and fractured my T5 and T6 vertebrae. The emergency doctor who tended to me said if it wasn’t for my neck brace I was wearing, the best case scenario would have been me in a wheel chair for the rest of my life or even worse I would not have been there at all. I am now out of hospital and in a special neck brace for the next three months and dreaming
about getting back on the bike after rehab and making up for what happened.
So I would just like to say a huge thank you to the team at Leatt for protecting me and ultimately saving my life I can’t bear to think about what would have happened had I not been wearing your protective equipment. I hope you continue to make quality products and keep saving lives.