FOUR-time World Superbike champion Carl Fogarty has suffered a broken shoulder blade, punctured lung and broken ribs in a crash at the Dirt Quake motorcycle event in King's Lynn.
Fogarty was a guest of honour at the dirt track races alongside Guy Martin and Neil Hodgson. After winning five out of his six heats heading into the finals, he had a heavy crash in the Hooligan race.
In an Instagram post, Fogarty later said he'd suffered two broken ribs, a broken shoulder blade and a punctured lung while he promised his wife Michaela he'd never race again. He is thought to be recovering at a local Norfolk hospital.
He seemed in good humour, adding in a tweet: 'Oh the rib count is now up too 10 broke.!!'
Well Sunday was going mega @dirtquake won 5 out of 6 race heats...Errr then had a little crash two broken ribs a punctured lung and a broken shoulder blade.. nothing really to bad.?!!. You can see all the fun, madness, and drama I believe on Wednesday night on itv4 thanks to all the people sending best wishes messages.. except MrsF who hates me right now..!! (I promise I'll never do another race again x)
Thanks guys.. Oh the rib count is now up too 10 broke.!! https://t.co/ZgI2gnGJTD
— FOGGY MBE (@carlfogarty) July 10, 2017
Fogarty becomes the latest retired former World Superbike champion to suffer a nasty accident after Max Biaggi sustained thoracic trauma and multiple rib fractures in a Supermoto training accident in June. Biaggi was discharged from hospital in Italy two weeks ago on his 46th birthday and is recovering at home.
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