Britain’s Ward breaks femur in MotoAmerica Superbike crash| Carole Shellby | World News
Britain’s Bradley Ward will miss at least one round of MotoAmerica Superbike action after a crash at New Jersey Motosport Park left him wth a broken femur and arm injuries.
Ward had finished ninth in Saturday’s opening race and after a solid ride on Saturday, Ward was in the mix during Sunday morning’s warm-Up session, the British racer keen to build on his results of recent rounds.
The second race of the weekend was short-lived however, Ward suffering a monster crash towards the end of the opening lap.
“Qualifying one was pretty sketchy with mixed conditions after it poured down all day Thursday. We were lucky that we had a drying line when we went out,” said Ward
“We used slicks but there were areas that were still wet with water running across the track. It was nice to be able to that we were closer to the front and not a million miles away.
“In Q2, it was virtually dry, so we were able to improve again to finish seventh and once again make Superpole, guaranteeing a top three row of the grid start, which is great. I had a little off in Superpole.
“I was behind Fong (Bobby) and Dave (Anthony), put in a lap quicker than I had been all weekend and just got a bit carried away. I tucked the front on my second flying lap, but at least I showed that I could run the pace of the guys in front.
“I made a reasonable start in Race 1 and held my position. Halfway through the race I dropped back to tenth and even though my times were consistent I wasn’t able to run with the guys fighting for the top eight. I reclaimed ninth when Herrin (Josh) made a mistake and it was good to bring it home in the top ten again.
“We made a few changes for Warm-Up and I was confident of another strong result on Sunday – the target was seventh or eighth. It would have been nice to have ended the weekend in the top ten again and not the emergency room. Unfortunately, I must have caught my knee on the kerb, and it dragged me off the bike.
“The impact broke my femur and then I was side saddling the bike, I can’t really remember to be honest, I hit my head, it was a big off. I have some injuries to the arm and wrist and the broken femur so it’s not the best situation, but it could have been worse.
“I want to say a massive thanks to Staci, my girlfriend, Andrew, my dad, my mechanic Ethan, and everyone around me for their support. I want to thank the MotoAmerica medical crew too. Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery.”