Michael's determined despite big Hill to climb

Norton-born Michael Hill is planning to be back on a motorbike again by the end of the season, following his horrific smash at Snetterton two weeks ago.

Norton-born Michael Hill is planning to be back on a motorbike again by the end of the season, following his horrific smash at Snetterton two weeks ago.

The Burning Rubber favourite is currently laid up in a body brace after breaking two vertebrae in his lower back and is expected to be out of action for at least 10 weeks.

Hill's crash happened on the final lap of the British 125GP race at the Norfolk circuit last month, when running in 13th spot, he came into the final corner to find rider Alec Wright attempting to rejoin the race after a crash, and paddling on the racing line. With nowhere to go, Hill slammed into the rear of the machine.

Medics were at his side in seconds and he was rushed to hospital. Docs initially thought he may need surgery but it was later decided a body brace would do the job.

He is now meant to be resting up, but in true Michael style all he can think about is getting back on his feet in time for the British MotoGP at Donington Park later this month.

"I want to be fit and strong enough to host the Riders For Health main stage at Donington, it will be hard work being on my feet for three days but that's my aim and it's what's keeping me going at the moment," he admitted this week. "I've hosted it for the last couple of years and I have no intention of letting anyone else muscle in on it, broken back or no broken back!"

Hill's crash ironically comes at a time when he has been racing stronger than ever. He currently leads the North East 125cc GP Championship after pulling out a double victory at Croft in March and has already scored a top-10 finish this season in the British Championship.

Now his plans for a top 10 championship placing in 2007 have been shelved, and it is up in the air as to whether he will make it back this season.

But Hill is determined to do it. He may be small-framed and delicate, but the rider whose racing nickname is Guapo is sure he will be back on a bike before season end.

"I think there's a good chance I could contest the final rounds this season in preparation for my assault on the 2008 championship, but I've also got to address the situation of a wrecked bike which is going to take a lot of work to rebuild."

If anyone would like to assist Michael either financially or with any parts that will allow him to get back on track contact him at michael@michaelhillracing.com or on 07837 937341.

Since getting to really know Michael last season, I have always found him one of the most genuine, generous and funny riders in the British paddock, and he quickly became a friend as opposed to just someone I write about. Get well soon Pretty Boy, from me, Mic, and all at Camp Krystal.

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