24 February 2014
Injured Motorcyclist Blasts Poor Safety at Race Track
A Manchester motorcyclist has condemned the poor safety standards of a race track after he was left with ‘life-changing injuries’ in a five-bike collision.
Father-of-four Bobby Khan, 42, had been taking part in a track day at Oulton Park, Cheshire, when officials failed to warn riders of a crash on the course ahead.
The motorcyclist was travelling over a blind corner in excess of 90mph when he ploughed his Honda CBR into two bikes which had collided 40 seconds earlier. The crash resulted in a five-bike pile up which left one rider dead and two others, including Mr Khan, seriously injured.
Mr Khan, from Fallowfield, Manchester, was airlifted to the University Hospital of Staffordshire with serious head and spinal injuries, a broken pelvis, a fractured ankle and internal bleeding. He was placed in a coma and spent nearly a month in hospital before he was release. He also suffered bruising to the brain and needed pins placed in his pelvis.
The self-employed window tinter has criticised circuit owners Motorsport Vision, who provide marshalling for the event, claiming riders had been put at risk because of poor on-site safety.
Mr Khan, said, “I used to love going out on a track day on my motorbike and I trusted the organisers would have made the course safe for the riders. However on this day it is clear to me that the course wasn’t safe as it did not have the marshals in the correct area which was guarding this blind spot. Without the red flag being raised the riders had no ideas about the dangers that lay ahead which resulted in one person dying and other suffering serious injury.”
He added, “I know I am lucky to be alive but I am still left with serious physical and psychological damage and I know my life will never be the same again. I can no longer work and as I am self-employed that has put me in a great deal of financial hardship – I am even having to use the money we had put away for the children just to pay the bills.”
Keen motorcyclist Mr Khan had been a regular rider at the Oulton Park track for more than two years after becoming concerned about the dangers of riding his bike on the road. On Saturday 5th October 2013 he met up with friends to attend the latest track day at Oulton Park which had been arranged by No Limits, the UK’s largest organiser of track events.
However disaster struck when two of the riders collided over blind corner resulting in a five motorbike pile-up which left one rider dead and two others serious injured.
Mr Khan claims the motorcycles he crashed into had been on the course for approximately 40 seconds yet safety marshals had not raised a red flag to alert riders of the danger ahead. He believes the pile up could have been avoided if circuit owners Motorsport Vision and organisers No Limits had been better prepared.
He said, “I decided to take up track racing as I decided it was simply too dangerous on the roads and wanted to ride my motorbike in a controlled and safe environment. Yet because the organisers did not have enough safety marshals on site, or simply did not place them in the correct areas, my life has been turned upside down. The bikes on this track were travelling at around 100mph yet it was a full 40 seconds between the initial collision the time I went over the bend and was faced with wreckage.
“In this environment 40 seconds is an exceptionally long period of time yet no red flag was raised to warn the riders of the potential danger ahead. Why wasn’t there a marshal at such a vulnerable position? We have been let down by the negligence of the organisers.”
Mr Khan has now instructed law firm Slater and Gordon as he pursues civil action against Motorsport Vision and No Limits.
Slater and Gordon Personal Injury Lawyer Crispin Balmer said, “Mr Khan was the victim of a serious injury in a motorbike accident which was no fault of his own and which could have easily cost him his life. He had made the decision to avoid riding his motorbike on the roads as he deemed it was too dangerous and opted to enjoy his hobby on a purpose built course which he believed was safe. As a rider he put his trust in the organisers and the marshals at the event but now feels this trust was misplaced and he has been badly let down.”
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