Second serious accident in three years will not dash the hopes of speedway’s most promising star
PUBLISHED: 15:18 23 July 2018 | UPDATED: 15:18 23 July 2018
After two major accidents within three years, one of speedway’s most promising stars has told of his determination to get back on track.
King’s Lynn Stars rider Lewis Kerr, 28, sustained serious leg injuries after he ploughed feet-first into an airfence at high speed on July 3.
The rider had to be cut out of his suit and boots and rushed to hospital, where he was told he would not be able to ride again for the rest of the season after crushing several bones in his legs.
It came as a devastating blow for Mr Kerr who was close to finishing his best season yet with the Stars.
“I’ve never had pain like that before,” he said. “It happened so fast, I jumped off the bike because I knew I was going into the fence. “I was absolutely devastated. My best season so far and for that to happen, I knew instantly both of my legs were gone and that’s my season over.”
The crash has left Mr Kerr wheelchair-bound for at least 16 weeks with both of his legs wrapped in casts.
The accident happened only three years after his first serious crash, when Mr Kerr was put in an induced coma for three days after he sustained a bleed in his brain.
But Mr Kerr said he will not let the accident dash his dreams of getting better and stronger, as he hopes to use all of his strength to recover before the new season begins in March.
Motor racing has been a passion of Mr Kerr’s since he was 11, which led to him joining speedway in 2010.
“And since then I have been going from strength to strength,” he added.
“It’s going to be pretty hard core to make sure I’m ready, but rather than losing the hunger for it, it makes me more determined.
“Because I’ve had my best season, I think I’d be better prepared next year because I know I have to train harder and I know this year what worked.”
But for now, Mr Kerr will be spending time with his family - wife Jessie, 28, and their two-year-old son Cooper - at their Dersingham home, with baby number two on the way in seven weeks.
“I was worried he wouldn’t be here when our little girl arrives so I guess there is a positive to this,” joked Mrs Kerr.