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Barnsley Biker Discharged From Hospital After TT Crash

Tuesday June 11 2013

Jonathan Howarth Jonathan Howarth

THE Barnsley biker who crashed into spectators during an Isle of Man TT race has been discharged from hospital.

Jonathan Howarth suffered a minor fracture after crashing his Kawasaki on Bray Hill near the start of the opening lap.

Ten spectators were injured in the incident and five remain in hospital - with one described as having a 'serious' injury.

Manx Radio reporter David Harrison, who was also a spectator, said the rider's bike completely disintegrated in the crash.

"The wheel and the petrol tank of the bike flew straight across the road - it actually came over my head, only yards away from us," he said.

"Everyone ducked and screamed and ran away in the panic."

Bray Hill is one of the most popular vantage points for TT spectators. The race, which was halted following the crash, restarted and was won by John McGuinness, who set a new race record in claiming his 20th TT triumph.

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Reply Posted by Robert on Tuesday June 11 2013 at 12:22
Thank the lord they are all OK. Jonathan is an old friend and my heart sank when I heard his name mentioned on the Manx. It is a very dangerous sport but I understand why Jonathan does it... for the thrill. He is a good rider and I hope he will continue entertaining us with his skills.

Reply Posted by Adam on Tuesday June 11 2013 at 12:43
Yea a friend of mine owns the team, was gutted when i heard about the crash, as you say hopefully he will be back on it soon. Hoping to see em at Cadwell and show my support. Hope the spectators are ok , great stories for the grand kids im sure.

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