Speedway rider Gary Cottham was taken to hospital with a serious shoulder injury after a crash at Eastbourne’s Arlington Stadium.
Cottham, who lives in New Town, Uckfield, was in only his fourth ride of the year for the IT First Eagles when he crashed heavily on the fourth turn of race ten.
He had already recorded two points and was in a good position to increase his tally when the rider behind lost control and his bike careered into Cottham.
The hospital diagnosed a broken collarbone and dislocated shoulder which is likely to keep the rider out of action for around six weeks.
Eastbourne went on to beat Cradley Heath by 55-35 on Saturday (May 28) night.
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