Crack Hucknall motorcyclist Richard Cooper was quickly brought back down to earth only two weeks after his first podium finish in the British Superbike Championship.
For in the latest round at the fast Thruxton circuit in Hampshire, the 30-year-old Cooper endured a traumatic weekend.
He had been in the top ten throughout practice, but was then involved in a nasty accident during the second qualifying session last Saturday.
Cooper had to be airlifted to hospital with multiple fractures to his right arm. He was due to undergo an operation this week to insert some plates into the arm and is expected to miss at least the next round of the championship, which is at Oulton Park in Cheshire.
The debut Superbikes season had been going so well for Cooper, who is racing for the Derbyshire-based Anvil Hire TAG team. Indeed he still remains in the top ten of the standings with 69 points.
Philosophically, he told the Dispatch: “Racing can be so tough at times, but I should be on the road to recovery soon.
“I want to thank all the marshals and medical staff, my team and my girlfriend for their support last weekend. Hopefully, the operation will fix me up nicely.”
Cooper’s team already had Australian champion Mitchell Carr sidelined with injury and had to rely on rookie Shaun Winfield at Thruxton.