DENBY DALE racer Tom Tunstall is just happy to be back in Yorkshire after his horror crash at Snetterton 11 days ago.
The Doodson Motorsport rider broke his pelvis in two places and suffered spinal injuries after his fall at the Norfolk circuit in the last round of the British Superbikes Championship and was airlifted to hospital in Cambridge.
However, at the start of the week his was deemed fit enough to head home and Tunstall said: “I am just glad to be back in Yorkshire and be able to do my recuperation here and rest up in my own bed.
“They were a bit concerned at moving me last weekend and I stayed down there for more X-rays, but fortunately I did not have to have surgery which was a massive relief.
“I have got some crutches so I can get around a bit, although it is still very painful, but it is good to be out of hospital.
While it is still too early to gauge whether he will ride again this year, the 33-year-old is setting his sights on being back in the saddle again as soon as possible.
“Obviously I am going to have to be very sensible about it, but as well as being my job it is my passion and I want to be back on a bike again when I can,” said Tunstall.
“I have told it could be six weeks or three months, but we will keep getting opinions and see what happens. I am already doing some physiotherapy to get movement – pain allowing!”
While Tunstall rests, for the Doodson Motorsport team it is still business as usual as they prepare the BMW S11000RR for this weekend’s meeting at Cheshire circuit Oulton Park.
“The team have set off and hopeful we will have a substitute rider in place for Oulton,” added Tunstall.