First Superstock race at North West 200 abandoned after two red flags

The first Superstock race at the North West 200 was abandoned following two red flags.

One of the red flags was because of an incident between York Corner and the Mill Road Roundabout. The incident involved three riders – Dean Harrison, Stephen Thompson and Horst Saiger- as well as a female spectator. There was a lengthy delay to wait for the Irish Coastguard to arrive and airlift the spectator to hospital. Tricky conditions of high winds and rain greeted the helicopter as it landed on the golf course.

A statement issued by the North West 200 stated:

There has been a serious incident during the opening Superstock race at the 2015 Vauxhall International North West 200. A crash, involving three riders, occurred on the section of the course between York Corner and Mill Road Roundabout on the second lap of the race.

Three riders – Dean Harrison, Stephen Thompson and Horst Saiger – were involved in the incident. Dean Harrison was unhurt. Stephen Thompson and Horst Saiger have both been taken to hospital by ambulance after being treated by the race medical team at the scene.

A female spectator was also injured in the incident and after being treated at the scene has been taken to the Royal Victoria hospital, Belfast by helicopter.

A further statement was issued on Saturday evening:

Following a crash during the opening Superstock race at the Vauxhall International North West 200 today a female spectator was airlifted to hospital.

She was taken to the Royal Victoria hospital in Belfast where her condition remains critical.

Stephen Thompson, one of the two riders injured in the crash, has also been transferred to the Royal Victoria Hospital where he is being treated.

The Crumlin, Co Antrim rider, who was racing for the Penz13.com Bathams BMW team, was injured in a collision with Austrian rider, Horst Saiger on the second lap of the race on the section of the course between York corner and Mill Road Roundabout.

Saiger was taken to Causeway hospital and is believed to have only minor injuries.

Horst Saiger took to Twitter to thank everyone for their well wishes. Dean Harrison returned to the paddock after the incident and was out again racing later in the day.

Following the two red flags the race was eventually abandoned having already been carried over from Thursday evening.

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