Posted: 25 Jun 2013
In 2010, Harry Stafford competed with the likes of Danny Kent in the Red Bull Rookies cup, taking three podiums. A year later, the Leicestershire based rider took the step up to the 125cc Grand Prix paddock, taking a best result of 13th in what turned out to be a difficult year. Stafford took a year out from racing in 2012 and returned to the circuit this year in the National Superstock 1000 championship for the ICE MV Augusta team. At Oulton Park in May, he fell from his MV Augusta F4 suffering a serious head injury. We caught up with Harry recently to discuss how his recovery is coming along.
You’re out of racing at the moment after your huge crash at Oulton Park back in May. Do you remember anything about the crash or does the data suggest what might have happened?
I can't remember anything from Oulton Park but we may have had a technical problem causing the crash. I’m not sure yet.
How is your recovery coming along and what sort of things are you trying to aid the recovery process?
My recovery is going well. At the moment I'm not sure if I will have any lasting injuries but I'm just relaxing and not doing anything strenuous at all so that I recover as fast as possible.
Is there any indication as to when you may be back on track?
I'm more than likely out of racing for the rest of the season but we will see how long it is until I am back to full fitness.
This year was your first year on a 1000cc motorcycle, how had you been finding it before your accident?
For my first year on a 1000cc bike I expected it to be more difficult because I had little experience on four-stroke bikes but I didn't really find it too difficult. We didn't get results straight away because me and my teammate at the time were collecting data for the brand new MV Augusta F4.
You’ve mentioned on Twitter how bored you are with not racing, what do you do to pass your time aside from the activities to help recover?
Because I can't go to work or do any fitness training it gets frustrating with nothing to do but I guess it is part of the recovery process. I would like to thank everyone on twitter, friends and family for supporting me and showing their concern. That has put me in a good and positive frame of mind to recover well.