Apr 27, 2001
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Racer Richie Morris was seen at Willow springs last weekend sporting an external fixator on his left arm and wrist, but was unable to ride. Now Morris has sent the following message to Roadracing World:<BR><BR>"I have read many articles, e-mails and stories about what different people think happened in the Daytona crash involving Dean Mizdal, Scott Russell and myself.<BR><BR>"I wanted to take this opportunity to set the record straight. Unfortunately, I feel I have that right, since I had a bird's eye seat.<BR><BR>"I can describe the crash very simply. The green flag fell on a professional motorcycle race at Daytona International Speedway and there was a racing accident. End of story!<BR><BR>It wasn't Dean's, Scott's, AMA's or my fault. It was just one of those things that can happen when people do what we do. We are motorcycle road racers, things happen in a blink of an eye. We all know every time we suit up and strap on a helmet these things can happen. You just have to pray for the best.<BR><BR>"I truly thank God it wasn't worse. Sure, Scott and I were hurt, but our friends and families are not dealing with a death, such as Dirk's passing. That was the real tragedy.<BR><BR>"I am sure you will see Scott and me back on the track. But if that does not happen for me, I am okay with it. Although my career doesn't compare to Scott's, I feel fortunate to have done what I love for a living. And the friends I have made over the years is something you can not replace.<BR><BR>"In closing, I would like to thank all the people who visited, sent flowers and cards, and phoned me while I was in the hospital. A big thanks to all of the racers who stopped by, and a special thanks to the Russell family, Mike Smith, and Brent and Tony from Motor Racing Outreach. They spent many hours with my wife, and were a true help.<BR><BR>"Thanks, and hammer down.<BR><BR>"Richie Morris"<BR><BR>Morris can be reached via e-mail at Richieandlisa@earthlink.net