A close call for Solihull’s schoolboy motorcycle champion
A schoolboy motorcycle champion from Solihull is on course to make a full recovery after a collision which saw him rushed to hospital by air ambulance and placed in an induced coma.
Thirteen-year-old Caleb Smith fell from his bike at the Snetterton circuit in Norfolk during a practice lap at the KTM British Junior Cup on Sunday July 10.
The teenager, who has family roots in Belfast, had to be placed in a medically induced coma following a collision with another rider during a warm-up lap.
Caleb suffered a serious head injury and was treated track-side before being rushed to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge by air ambulance.
Fellow racer Adam Phipps, aged 14 from Bridgnorth, also fell off his bike during the incident but was left uninjured.
Medics placed Caleb in an induced coma, which he subsequently woke from, and he has been getting stronger each day since then.
Caleb’s family revealed doctors at Addenbrooke’s were astonished by his progress in such a short space of time.
Since then they have given him the all-clear and said they expect him to make a full recovery.
During the week following the accident Caleb was transferred by land ambulance to Birmingham Children’s Hospital where he spent a few days before being discharged.
He is now recuperating at his Solihull home though his family revealed he remembered little if anything about the accident.
Caleb’s father Simon Smith said his son’s motorcycle helmet almost certainly saved his life.
He wrote on Facebook: “Thanks to everyone for their kind words and offers of help and support.
“Thanks to the marshalls, medics and support staff at BSB. Thanks to the air medics and aircrew on the air ambulance.
“Thanks to the amazing NHS. Thanks to LS2 helmets, I think you have saved his life.”
Caleb signed a two-year deal to race in the Factory Plant Associates race team starting in April.
In October last year The Harp featured his quest for sponsorship to help him compete at the highest level in the KTM Junior Cup Championship.
The championship is part of British Superbike Championship – the leading road racing superbike championship in the UK and widely acknowledged as the premier domestic superbike racing series in the world.
Speaking at the time his father Simon said: “Caleb’s been racing since he was six. Initially it was just a case of giving it a try but he seemed to take to it like a duck to water from day one.
“He absolutely loves the sport, has a natural aptitude for it and really wants to get as far as he can.”