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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Motorcyclist seriously injured in race crash moved out of intensive care

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A motorcycle racer who was injured in a crash at the Armoy Races has been moved out of intensive care.

Local racer Ian Simpson (42) suffered head injuries in a collision during the 400cc class race at the Church Bends section of the course on Saturday afternoon.

An Irish coastguard helicopter airlifted Mr Simpson to George Best Belfast City Airport before he was taken by ambulance to the Royal Victoria Hospital.

In a statement Bill Kennedy, clerk of the course at the Armoy Motorcycle Road Racing Club, said Ian had been moved from the intensive care unit to the high dependency unit at the hospital.

"I visited Ian and his family this afternoon 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," said Mr Kennedy.

"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."

Mr Kennedy added: "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."

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