Jordy De Jonge has been brought out of his coma.
The 17-year-old, who competes in the British Superstock 600 series for Wyberton’s G&S Kawasaki, was airlifted to hospital, along with fellow rider James Puttrell, suffering from severe head injuries after being caught up in an incident at Brands Hatch a fortnight ago.
However, there was some good news this week as De Jonge is also off the ventilator and breathing for himself.
The Dutchman has recognised his parents, who have been at his bedside for the past two weeks, and he has spoken a few words.
Team manager Mark Fisher said: “This is really good news for Jordy and his parents, they hope to have him sitting up tomorrow and he should make further progress in the next day or so.
“Along with Jordy’s parents and friends the team have been overwhelmed by the support of the BSB (British Superbike) family.
“We have had people sending their good wishes from all over the UK, a lot from people we don’t even know.
“This last couple of weeks have been so stressful for everyone and the support we have had has helped us all tremendously.
“I can’t thank everyone enough.
“Special thanks must go to the Race Director and staff at MSVR for their support also the marshals and medics at the circuit who were so prompt in attending to Jordy and James.
“We have the best medical aid in the country at British Superbike meetings and they certainly stepped up to the plate at Brands Hatch.
“Most of the riders had Jordy stickers on their bikes this weekend on race day to show their support and we intend to make a collection for the two air ambulances that transported both boys to hospital.
“We did intend to do this at Oulton but it was just not possible and we will be setting up a website where people can donate as soon as possible.”