Northern Ireland road racer Michael Pearson is stable in hospital following a serious crash at the Horice road races in the Czech Republic on Sunday.
The 37-year-old from Ballygowan was airlifted to hospital after the incident, which occurred at the start of the Superbike race.
Pearson has been taken off a ventilator and is responsive and able to talk. He is expected to recover in the long term.
Pearson has been a regular at the event in recent years and had earlier won the Supersport 600 race before the accident, which happened at the first corner on the opening lap when another competitor came off and collected Pearson, who slid into some trees.
Willis Marshall, who looks after Michael’s PR, provided the following update to the News Letter: “Michael is stable and is off the ventilator. He is talking and responding and remembers everything. We would expect Michael to make a recovery long-term.”
His parents and wife are with him at the hospital.