North West 200 rider Stephen Thompson, seriously injured in a crash at this year’s north coast race, has lost his arm, his family has revealed.
But the lower part of his injured arm had suffered so much damage that it could not be saved, a family source said yesterday.
In a statement, the rider’s family told reporters: “When Stephen had his accident he suffered a lot of injuries, his arm being one of the worst.
From Crumlin in Co Antrim, the 39-year-old began racing in 1993.
A regular competitor at the North West 200, Isle of Man TT, Ulster Grand Prix and Macau Grand Prix, he has also taken part in a number of short circuit events.