Bike star’s horror race crash

Russ Mountford
Russ Mountford

A WIGAN bike star is recovering in hospital in the Far East after being seriously injured in an horrific, high speed crash.

Road racer Russ ‘Monty’ Mountford from Lowton was making his debut at the fast and notoriously challenging Macau Grand Prix on the Guai street circuit in the Chinese city.

Russ Mountford tweeted this picture of himself in hospital

Russ Mountford tweeted this picture of himself in hospital

The young dad of two, whose own father is a former bike racer, is now “comfortable” in the orthopaedic department of the Conde S Januario General Hospital.

He sustained a broken hip, breast bone, leg, and several vertebrae and fingers after parting company with Robbie Silvester’s Wakefield based Team Vehicle Refinishing Services 1000cc Honda Fireblade machine.

His partner Natalie and family hope he will be flown back to the UK to continue his recovery in Wigan on Monday when he will be admitted straight to renowned specialists at Wrightington Hospital to continue his recovery.

Russ, a former printer turned pro racer, is believed to have crashed at well over 120mph in the first qualifying session on the twisty Maternity section in what is the traditional end to the annual road race season.

He then collided with the crash barriers which surround the circuit in what was once a Portugese colony now administered by mainland China.

Russ remained conscious during the crash which took place this year in particularly stifling heat. Best wishes for a speedy recovery have flooded in via social media.

One of the first was from works BMW rider and the eventual Macau GP winner, Peter Hickman.

In a series of tweets from his hospital bed in Macau, Monty paid tribute to the support from his “amazing family” and partner Natalie Waterworth back home in Wigan.

He wrote: “It’s been a tough five days but now after a good night’s sleep I can’t wait to get home to see babies and Nat.

“Going to be emotional.”