Blackpool biker taken to hospital after competing in Isle of Man TT race

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Veteran Blackpool biker Roy Richardson has been seriously injured while competing in the Isle of Man TT (IOM TT).

A spokesman for IOM TT said Mr Richardson was in a “serious but stable” condition.

The road racer came off at the Ballagarey corner of the course on Thursday evening and was taken to Nobles Hospital in Isle of Man.

Since then, Mr Richardson has been flown to Aintree Hospital in Liverpool.

Mr Richardson came off at 7pm during the second solo session and sustained fractures to both legs, pelvis and back.

The experience rider has 10 Manx Grand Prix titles to his credit, making his debut in that competition back in 1986.

Mr Richardson was in Isle of Man to compete and celebrate the 30th anniversary of racing on the island.

A number of well wishes have been posted on social media to the Blackpool rider.

Carolynn Sells, director of the Manx Grand Prix, said: “Shocked to hear my friend and ex team mate, Roy Richardson was off at Ballagarey tonight. Just shows the most experienced can get caught out.”

Fellow road racer Russ Mountford said: “Hope my good mate Roy Richardson is okay after coming off tonight. Get well soon mate.”

Matthew Harrison said: “Thoughts with Roy Richardson. Hope leg injuries aren’t serious and you’re racing the island again soon in your orange livery.”