Ballyclare’s Jamie Hamilton has been ruled out of the Southern 100 at Billown on the Isle of Man after sustaining a spate of injuries in a crash at the AXA Bikecare Skerries 100.
The 23-year-old was battling for the lead of the Grand Final race with Manx rider Dan Kneen when he came off on the final lap at the chicane.
Initial reports suggested Hamilton had suffered a shoulder injury, but on Sunday night the Wilson Craig Honda rider revealed the full extent of his injuries.
Speaking from his bed in Dublin’s Beaumont Hospital, Hamilton - who won the Open and Supertwin races - told the News Letter: “I broke my pelvis and one of my ribs, I cracked my sternum and dislocated my shoulder and plus I’ve got bruising around my lungs.
“Initially they thought I might be here for two or three weeks but now it looks like I might be getting home tomorrow or Tuesday.
“It was just a racing incident; it was the last lap and myself and Dan were just going for the same bit of tarmac and I came off the worst. Dan was in no way to blame and it was just one of those things,” he added.
“It couldn’t have come at a worse time because I was feeling good and riding well, but that’s the ups and downs of motorbike racing.”
The Grand Final was red-flagged as a result of the incident with Kneen taking the win on the Cookstown B.E. Racing Suzuki ahead of Skerries man Michael Sweeney and Derek Sheils on the CD Racing Kawasaki.
Hamilton had earlier won the Open race by one-and-a-half seconds from Sheils, with Sweeney taking third.
William Dunlop made a successful racing return following his crash in the Senior TT last month, passing Derek McGee and Hamilton to take the lead of the Supersport race and pulling away to win by six seconds on the Tyco Suzuki.
McGee crashed out at Finnegan’s Corner on the first lap of the Supertwin race, which Hamilton went on to win by 13 seconds as Connor Behan from Cheshire finished as the runner-up.
Dungannon’s Nigel Moore won the 125cc race from Sam Dunlop and William Cowden, which was re-started over four laps after a crash involving Warren Reeve. Seamus Elliott won the Moto450 class. Moore was also victorious in the earlier Classic 350cc race to bag a brace.
Thomas Maxwell from Mullingar suffered a suspected broken ankle after crashing in the Senior Support race, with Neil Lyons taking the win on the Amigo Yamaha R6.
Seamus Elliot won the 250cc race after Sweeney came off of the final lap as the pair diced for the lead, escaping largely unharmed.
Full reports and pictures from the Skerries 100 in the Tuesday, July 8 edition of Keep ’er Lit.