Stuart Easton was seriously injured while riding at the North West 200. The MSS Colchester Kawasaki rider was initially taken to nearby Collraine hospital, but has since been transferred to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.
Easton was injured while qualifying in the Superstock class. Easton ran into the back of his teammate Gary Mason at 150mph during the opening lap of the first free practice session at the famous Irish road race.
Easton underwent an operation at the Collraine hospital. Easton suffered two broken hips, a broken pelvis, a broken coccyx, and a punctured bowel during the crash. Easton also had minor injuries like broken fingers in the spill.
“When we first got to the hospital we were told that Stuart had dislocated his hip and broken his elbow but the more the doctors looked at him, the more they found things and he’s got some quite serious injuries with the internal damage obviously the main concern," said team manager Nick Morgan to Bike Sports News.
“One of the doctors said he couldn’t count how many pieces the pelvis was broken into as there were that many bits but he was operated on last night and had external fixators fitted to both his pelvis and legs to hold everything in place. They removed his bowel, repaired the puncture and then replaced it but he had to have three pints of blood during the op so the doctors put him on a ventilator although they’re hoping to bring him off that later today. He’s been stabilised and the doctors are pleased with how everything’s gone so far. It’s one of the best hospitals around so he’s in good hands.”
Easton was enjoying a fantastic start to the 2011 British Superbike season which saw him on the podium numerous times. Easton is currently third in the BSB standings.