Jono Howarth’s season begins with collision and ‘broken wrist’ at Brands Hatch

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THE opening rounds of the Superstock 600 and 1,000 at Brands Hatch did not go according to plan for Team Green/G&S Racing - with Jono Howarth receiving a suspected broken wrist.

Jono Howarth was looking promising in the 1,000cc class before he was caught up in someone else’s accident after just two laps of his race, sent flying over the handlebars into the gravel trap at Clearways.

In the 600cc race, Tom Fisher completed the 24 laps in 21st position.

Although he put in a valiant effort he was unable to score any championship points.

Howarth was going well in qualifying, getting through his group in ninth position and an overall placing of 14th.

As the lights went out, Howarth powered the Kawasaki through the field to take up sixth position, but on the second lap he made a mistake and was overhauled by Richard Cooper and Victor Cox.

Ironically, Cox went down at Clearways a few seconds later and his bike collected Howarth who was unable to avoid the crash.

He was sent skittling into the gravel trap, flying over the handlebars and landing heavily on his side.

The red flag was immediately deployed to halt the race and allow the medics to treat the stricken rider.

It was some time before he was fit enough to get to his feet, but he did manage to walk across to the ambulance to be taken to the medical centre for assessment.

“It was a very quick crash as I was doing around 125mph at the time,” said Howarth.

“I have torn the big muscle in my left side and another in my bicep.

“I also have a suspected broken wrist which will be X-rayed when I get home so it’s doubtful I will be fit enough to compete at Oulton Park at the weekend.”

The Superstock 600cc class is just as competitive and Tom Fisher had to use all his skills to gain a place on the grid for the main race.

He qualified just outside the required position and was forced to take part in the shoot-out race where the top 10 finishers are promoted onto the back of the grid for Monday’s feature race.

Tom completed the shoot-out in eighth place and was awarded a slot on row nine of the grid way down the field in 36th position.

A disappointed Fisher said: “I started from 36th which is a long way back. I passed a few riders and was helped by a few more falling off.

“But the riders around me were all doing the same lap times so it was hard work out there.”

Free practice and qualifying take place on Saturday and Sunday at Oulton Park ahead of the 14-lap race on Monday at 1.45pm.