Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 24 May 2016

Crash-hit Kirk forced to quit

By Paul Lindsay

Published 26/10/2012

2011 Irish Superbike and Mondello Masters’ Champion, Kirk Jamison, has made the painstaking decision to call a halt to his racing career after a lengthy lay off following a crash at Croft back in April, where he sustained multiple injuries.

Jamison endured five fractures and soft tissue bleeding of the spine plus several collapsed discs in the incident.

He also dislocated his collarbone and suffered various soft tissue injuries to the pelvis, knee and ankle, one of which still requires an operation later this year.

Despite making excellent progress with his rehabilitation in the past six months, the Greyabbey man has accepted the fact that the sensible option is to hang up his leathers, but hopes to remain involved in the sport.

“I’ve had various ups and downs since I started racing in 2007,” said the 32-year-old commercial manager with H&J Martin.

“Despite that, I haven’t lost any of my passion for the sport and was still sorely tempted to make a return to action, but I realised it’s now time to start thinking with my head instead of my heart for the good of my long term health, family and employment.”

He added: “I won’t be walking away from the sport. It has been a major part of my life and I am sure I will continue to be involved for many years to come in some capacity.”

As well as his Irish Superbike titles in 2011, Jamison (right) also won the Ken Redfern trophy on two occassions; also recording 67 race wins from 141 Irish championship podiums during his 15 year career – so he has no regrets.

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