Guy Martin speaks out on his Ulster crash recovery
Following Guy Martin's 130mph crash at this year's Ulster Grand Prix the rider has been rather quiet, only commenting to assure those concerned that he was okay and hoping to get back to work as soon as possible. However the rider has taken to Facebook to talk publically and assure fans that he is on the mend following the particularly nasty crash at last month's Dundrod 150 Superbike race.
Regarding his absence from the public eye the rider commented: "I've had my head down for a few weeks, because I didn't want the world knowing I spannered myself, but it turns out the world already knew. I also wanted to make sure that anything you heard was straight from the horse's mouth."
Martin went on to discuss the extent of his injuries sustained in Ulster: "I might have come around at the trackside, because the marshals told people I was spouting the usual gibberish. I properly woke up in hospital. Then it was all the usual questions, Where are you sore? Does this hurt? I was in Belfast Royal and I've never been more impressed by a hospital than I was by that place, all the staff were great. I broke five vertebrae, but they bolted six together, from T4 to T10, because two are unstable, meaning there's a chance they could move and damage my spinal column. They had to rod my spine because I broke my sternum too. Normally the front will hold the back together or the back will hold the front, but I had broken both front and back. My sternum is cracked straight down the middle, but that's only cartilage so they don't do anything to try repair it. I broke five ribs and two metacarpals in right hand, too, and my hand's been plated."
However in typical Martin fashion he was quick to get up and out: "I've been back at work a while, but I'm struggling with everything. Sharon, my other-half, thought I was an idiot for trying to go back to work so soon, but I'd spent nearly a week at home, and I had to do something. Now she admits that me going to work has moved me on loads, mentally and physically. There's no better physio than working on trucks and I know when I'm doing too much, I'm not planning to do anything that puts the recovery back.
"The surgeon had to move my shoulder blade muscles to get the metalwork in, then fasten them all on again. That's what's causing the most bother, the muscle not the broken bones. A lot of my work involves having my hands above my head, in the pit working on a truck above me, but I'm alright as long as I don't overdo it. If it gets too much Moody or Belty give me a hand and I'm getting stronger everyday."
With regards to his racing future the rider commented: "Having a few days off work gave me time to think about what I want to do, and realise all things that have had to go on hold. I still want to race, but I'm not going to rush into deciding what or where I'm going to race.
"So thanks again for all the best wishes and all the messages. Cheers."
It's great to hear Guy is on the mend and is keeping a positive outlook on things, here at MCE Insurance we wish him a speedy recovery and the best luck in whatever future plans he may have!
03.09.2015 - MCE Insurance