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Leicester Lions speedway rider suffers head injuries

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A speedway rider is recovering in hospital after suffering head injuries in a crash which took place hours after his Leicester debut.

Adam Roynon made his first appearance for Leicester Lions on the afternoon of Good Friday, at Scunthorpe.

The 24-year-old also rides for the Coventry Bees and was racing in a later home match for the team on Friday evening when he crashed. According to reports, he was competing in heat 14 when he spun and fell at turn three and was hit by the Birmingham Brummies rider Josh Auty, in what was described as an unavoidable crash.

He was initially unconscious, but was awake by the time he arrived at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.

Leicester Lions co-promoter Alan Jones said he was recovering well.

He said: "He will remain under observation and in hospital for about 10 days, but he has been awake and talking to visitors.

"We would like to thank everyone for their best wishes and he wants to be back at Leicester as soon as he can – and we want him back as soon as possible, too.

"He received head injuries but they are not as serious as was first thought, which is really good news, and he has not broken any bones.

"We really are relieved."

Adam took to Twitter on Saturday to thank fans who had sent him messages. "I'm doing okay, thanks guys," he wrote.

"Thank you so much for the well wishes it means a lot."


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