Up to 20 injuries at weekend motocross event

Almost 20 competitors and race officials were left injured in the course of a two-day motorcycling event in Moray at the weekend.

Two race marshals were seriously injured when they went to the aid of a rider who had come off his bike during practice sessions for the Grampian Motocross holiday weekend event at their Woodside track.

The national event attracted 165 competitors to the Elgin track – round three of the Scottish Motocross Federation championships.

At around 9.45am on Sunday riders were testing out the track in a practice session one of the competitors came off, with a witness saying: “He fell awkwardly after going over a high jump and was clearly in pain when two of the marshals went to his aid.

”However, another bike then came over the hill and collided with them.” It is understood that one of the marshals was left with a punctured lung from the accident while the other suffered from a broken leg. The rider who had first came off his bike is believed to have suffered from a broken back.

Locals identified the rider as Grant Fraser, who is the son of Brian and Pamela Fraser. Mr Fraser is the chairman of the Grampian Motocross while his wife is the secretary.

It was on the same course that four-time Highland motocross champion Ian Findlay was seriously injured in March, suffering from a triple leg break.

A spokesman for the Ambulance service confirmed that they had been called to a series of incidents at the track between 10am and noon on Sunday.

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