A NATIONAL motocross championships at Skelder Bank in Whitby last weekend showed what can go wrong in the high-adrenaline sport as three riders were seriously injured after falling off their bikes.
Air ambulance services were twice contacted as both children and adults crashed out of the races. On Saturday, a youngster riding in a junior race came off his machine and suffered a shoulder injury.
He was treated at the scene and taken to James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough.
Sunday proved a more active day for the ambulance services as high wind speeds and changeable weather conditions proved dangerous for riders.
At approximately 1pm the Great North Air Ambulance was called after a 15-year-old from Bristol was thrown from his bike and sustained a serious leg injury.
He was taken to James Cook Hospital where he underwent surgery and is expected to make a full recovery.
The final incident of the weekend was probably the most serious as a race was suspended at 3.15pm when an 18-year-old male sustained serious head injuries and was taken to James Cook Hospital.
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