‘Too many riders’ in Eastern Creek bloodbath

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Eastern Creek: Paramedics attend to one of the injured riders. Photo: Twitter/MyCareFlight

Four injured during motorcycle race at Sydney’s Eastern Creek raceway

From smh.com.au

Four men have been seriously injured during a national motorcycling race in Sydney and two others have been killed in separate motorcycle incidents in NSW.

Martin Lloyd, 61, who is recovering in Westmead Hospital with a broken foot and a fractured wrist after coming off his Ducati in a four bike smash at Sydney’s Eastern Creek raceway, said the accident was “uncommonly severe”.

One man suffered a compound leg fracture and another was knocked out with concussion for five minutes after the collision.

“To be honest I think too many bikes were on the track, all heading for the first corner together,” said the Brisbane man who has competed in the BEARS series for three years and ridden competitively for nearly 45 years. “It was very very tight.”

Mr Lloyd, who will take out third place in the championship despite the fall on the final race of the season, watched the crash unfold as he cartwheeled through the air.

The riders were reportedly travelling at around 140 km per hour. Two men had already slid off their bikes but the accident was blocked from sight by an S-bend in the track, Mr Lloyd said.

The ABC reported that one rider was flown to Westmead with head injuries and the others were taken to either Westmead or Liverpool hospitals.

Careflight also sent a trauma team to Eastern Creek to treat the injured motorbike riders.

Westmead and Liverpool hospitals confirmed the other men were in stable conditions.

In other motor bike incidents, a 19-year-old man died in the Royal National Park after losing control of his bike during a ride with a friend.

Further south, a 37-year-old woman was found with fatal injuries after her motorbike slid off an embankment on Mount Darragh Road, three kilometres out of Wyndham.

Police say the woman who had been riding with a group was reported missing on Friday afternoon.

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