TT racer Horst Saiger in induced coma after crash

Experienced road racer and Isle of Man TT regular Horst Saiger is in a critical condition following an accident while testing in Austria

Horst Saiger

Veteran road racer Horst Saiger is in a ‘critical but stable’ condition after a suffering serious crash during a training session in his native Austria.

The 49-year old is a familiar face on the international road racing scene with frequent appearances in the blue riband Isle of Man TT, North West 200 and Macau Grand Prix events among others. 

However, it was on the modern closed-circuit Red Bull Ring where he suffered his injuries after the brakes on the motorcycle he was riding failed.

A short statement written on behalf of his family confirmed he has been placed in an induced coma and is critical, but otherwise stable, condition.

"Because of his numerous injuries, he is in an artificial coma. He is in a critical but stable condition," added the statement.

"He needs time and we have to wait and hope that everything goes well. Thanks for keeping your fingers crossed and your positive thoughts."

Saiger made his Isle of Man TT debut in 2013 and has gone on to make 23 starts on the Mountain Course, his best finishes of 10th place coming in the 2017 Superstock race and the 2019 Lightweight TT.