A MOTOCROSS rider had to be airlifted to hospital after being thrown from his bike on a remote track.
The injured rider had been taking part in the k2 rally 2010, near Kielder, Northumberland, when his bike left the road, crushing him against the handlebars.
Riders are believed to reach speeds of up to 70mph during the event, which continued in heavy rain on Sunday.
The casualty, understood to be a man in his 50s, from the Catterick area of North Yorkshire, was flown to Newcastle General Hospital by the Great North Air Ambulance Service, who were called in by road paramedics. His injuries were not thought to be life-threatening.
The two-day event, organised by Dirtbike Action, saw up to 90 riders racing around the area between Bellingham and Kielder.
Group secretary Jay Addle said: "No-one saw what happened because the rider was on his own at a time.
"We were in a remote spot so we were very grateful the air ambulance was able to reach us."