Words: Hayley Bromley
Image: Hayley Bromley
Belle Vue No.4 Richie Worrall is facing a few days on the sidelines after doctors confirmed he has sustained a broken rib following a nasty collision at Premier League club Glasgow last weekend.
The 24-year old crashed in Heat 5 of the Tiger’s home fixture against Berwick after tangling with Matthew Weathers. He also suffered muscle and tissue damage to his back in the crunch.
Of the smash, Worrall said: “I took the outside line to try and go around Matthew, but he cut across me going into the home straight so I switched to the inside line to go underneath him on Lap 2.
“As we came into the third turn I was holding that inside line and he just seemed to shut off behind me. That straightened him up and he clipped my back wheel which sent us both into the fence.
“When you shut off the gas on these bikes the back wheel stops spinning and starts driving. He did try to avoid me but there’s no room for an error like that at Glasgow. It’s a very, very fast track.”
Worrall’s machine was written off in the accident and he was forced to withdraw from the rest of the meeting, as well as Belle Vue’s away fixture against the Swindon Robins on Thursday evening.
He continued: “I’ve broken a rib and have some muscle and tissue damage down my back as well. I think as I went into the fence, my bike actually hit me from behind and I’m still in a lot of pain.
“There was just no way I could’ve ridden on Thursday at Swindon. It would’ve done me no good and I wouldn’t have been able to perform at my best, and I don’t want to let my team mates down
“It’s looking like I might have to pull out of a couple meetings this weekend too. I was supposed to be riding with Glasgow at Berwick on Saturday and then back to Glasgow again on Sunday.
“Right now I’m just taking it day by day. I’ve been doing physio every other day since the crash but I think on Tuesday I might’ve overdone it a bit because the day after I felt pretty uncomfortable.
“I’m hoping to be back on the bike before our match against King’s Lynn on Bank Holiday Monday, and with the Poole match off it’s given me a few more days to make as much progress as I can.
“My aim is to rest up until Wednesday, then try to get going with some light training and gradually work myself up to having a few laps next Saturday, but that depends on how the week unfolds.
“If the track’s ready at Belle Vue I might even look to go up there a bit sooner, if I’m fit enough. I know the limits of my body and I’ll work hard to ensure I’m back with the team as soon as I can.”