Injured Armoy rider ‘out of intensive care and talking’

Ian Simpson (right) with fellow Armoy club member Tommy Henry
Ian Simpson (right) with fellow Armoy club member Tommy Henry

The rider airlifted to hospital following a serious crash at the Armoy Road Races on Saturday has been moved out of intensive care and is talking to friends and family.

Ian Simpson (42), who hails from the village of Armoy, came off at Church Bends in the Supersport 400 race.

He was airlifted by an Irish Coastguard helicopter to the George Best Belfast City Airport before being transferred by ambulance to the Royal Victoria Hospital.

Mr Simpson sustained a head injury in the crash.

On Sunday, Armoy Clerk of the Course, Bill Kennedy, told the News Letter: “I went to see Ian in hospital and he has been moved out of intensive care, which is great news.

“He is talking with friends and family and I had a good chat with him. Ian is in good spirits and the news is all positive.

“He has a few fractures but these will heal up and I’m delighted that he is now well on the road to recovery.”

A statement issued on behalf of the organisers on Sunday said: “The Armoy Motorcycle Road Racing Club has confirmed that the rider involved in the incident at Church Bends in the 400cc Supersport Race yesterday afternoon (Saturday, 25th July 2015) was local man and club member, Ian Simpson.

“The Clerk of the Course, Bill Kennedy, visited Ian and his family this afternoon (Sunday, 26th July 2015) in the Royal Victoria Hospital and spoke personally with Ian. Ian has now been moved out of the ICU and into a high dependency unit.

“Ian stated that he was very appreciative of all that the Club and in particular the medical staff had done in ensuring he got to hospital and in his care to date.

“Obviously Ian and his family are personal friends of many within the Club and we send him our very best wishes for a speedy recovery. We are aware that the many local fans and the wider road racing fraternity will be keen to know how Ian is and at this stage we are delighted to say the news is positive.

Racing continued at Armoy following the accident, which caused a significant delay.

Earlier in July, travelling doctor John Hinds was killed in an accident at the Skerries 100 meeting near Dublin.

Dr Hinds was at the forefront of a campaign for an emergency helicopter service in Northern Ireland, the need for which has been further highlighted by Saturday’s incident at Armoy.