Vancouver: October 8, 2003: Misti Hurst's racing season ends with a spectacular crash at Mission Raceway on Sunday, Oct 5th. Motorcycle racer Misti Hurst suffered a broken collarbone and sprained wrist as a result of a racing incident during the...
Vancouver: October 8, 2003: Misti Hurst's racing season ends with a spectacular crash at Mission Raceway on Sunday, Oct 5th.
Motorcycle racer Misti Hurst suffered a broken collarbone and sprained wrist as a result of a racing incident during the Mission SV Cup Championship final race of the season.
"We had already had a restart following an earlier incident and there was a big fight developing for the lead", noted Misti. "It was the second or third lap in and I was chasing the leader #51 down the straight in front of the grandstands. I was behind him by 2-3 bike lengths but suddenly at the end of the straight I was almost rear-ending him. There was nowhere to go except to try to squeeze by on the left and hope he kept his line. Unfortunately for me he moved slightly and we bumped. All I could see was the concrete wall to the left of me. I was off the track, trying to ride it out, and managed to avoid the wall. But I hit the ground hard at about 150km and couldn't get up".
Misti was taken to nearby Mission hospital for treatment while partner Paul and friends loaded up the broken bike and equipment for the journey home. This racing season is now over for Misti, as she will need 6-10 inactive weeks to fully recover from her injuries.
"The hardest part will be curtailing my busy schedule to allow proper healing time", lamented Hurst from her home in Lions Bay. "But, I'll get there and be ready for the 2004 season, hopefully with a new bike and certainly with the commitment to take my racing to the next level. I want to thank all my sponsors, in particular Phil and Cindy Cady of CLS WEST, and Brian and Dan at SV Motorcycle World for their tremendous help during the year. Also, my sincere thanks to my other sponsors, Fitness World, Radar Hill Inc, Vector, Parts Canada, Bardahl, Flying Swan Coffee House, and CLIXX Motorsport, and to all my fellow racers, and friends and family for helping me live my dream and passion. It has been a fantastic year but I'm just sorry I had to crash out in front of many of them on Sunday".