Bradley Ward focused on return to racing after New Jersey crash
Bradley Ward achieved another top ten finish in the 2020 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship in New Jersey before crashing out in spectacular fashion on Sunday. He finished ninth on Saturday and despite Sunday’s DNF remains eleventh in the overall points standing.
Damp conditions on the opening day saw Bradley able to show his skill, the #57 easily securing a place in Superpole.
After a solid ride on Saturday, Bradley was in the mix during Sunday morning’s Warm-Up session, the British racer keen to build on his results of recent rounds. The second race of the weekend was short-lived however, Ward suffering a monster crash towards the end of the opening lap, resulting in a red flag and the end of his racing weekend in New Jersey.
After undergoing medical checks, it was revealed that the FLY Racing ADR Motorsports Kawasaki rider had sustained a broken femur and arm injuries, meaning he would miss at least the next round of the series at Barber Motorsports Park! A further update regards Bradley’s recovery will be made in due course.
“Qualifying 1 was pretty sketchy with mixed conditions after it poured down all day Thursday. We were lucky that we had a drying line when we went out. We used slicks but there were areas that were still wet with water running across the track. It was nice to be able to that we were closer to the front and not a million miles away. In Q2, it was virtually dry, so we were able to improve again to finish seventh and once again make Superpole, guaranteeing a top three row of the grid start, which is great. I had a little off in Superpole. I was behind Fong (Bobby) and Dave (Anthony), put in a lap quicker than I had been all weekend and just got a bit carried away. I tucked the front on my second flying lap, but at least I showed that I could run the pace of the guys in front. I made a reasonable start in Race 1 and held my position. Halfway through the race I dropped back to tenth and even though my times were consistent I wasn’t able to run with the guys fighting for the top eight. I reclaimed ninth when Herrin (Josh) made a mistake and it was good to bring it home in the top ten again. We made a few changes for Warm-Up and I was confident of another strong result on Sunday – the target was seventh or eighth. It would have been nice to have ended the weekend in the top ten again and not the emergency room. Unfortunately, I must have caught my knee on the kerb, and it dragged me off the bike. The impact broke my femur and then I was side saddling the bike, I can’t really remember to be honest, I hit my head, it was a big off. I have some injuries to the arm and wrist and the broken femur so it’s not the best situation, but it could have been worse. I want to say a massive thanks to Staci, my girlfriend, Andrew, my dad, my mechanic Ethan, and everyone around me for their support. I want to thank the MotoAmerica medical crew too. Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery!”