MotoAmerica Superbike and Stock 1000 racer Corey Alexander praised his safety gear and soft barriers for allowing him to escape from a scary crash at VIRginia International Raceway with only a concussion.
Alexander, the Stock 1000 Championship point leader coming into the weekend, was riding his Tytlers Cycle/RideHVMC Racing BMW M 1000 RR during Stock 1000 Q2 Saturday morning, when he lost control coming out of Turn Five.
Watch a video of Alexander’s crash here: https://youtube.com/shorts/YgJrJLcg7yE?feature=share
The New Yorker was thrown from his machine and heavily impacted non-inflatable Airfence Bike sections on the right side of the track.
“I remember thinking I had it saved and holding on to it, and that’s really the last thing I remember until waking up at the hospital,” Alexander told Roadracingworld.com today, his 28th birthday. “I got a full CT scan. I had a little bit of coughing and trouble breathing, initially. I don’t actually know how long I was knocked out for or if I was truly knocked out. I assume I was. I heard I was. I don’t know. But they transported me. I was pretty out of it. But the rest of my body was good.”
Alexander impacted non-inflatable Airfence Bike modules purchased by the Roadracing World Action Fund, and the Airfence did its job well.
“If the Airfence wasn’t there I don’t think I would be alive. I couldn’t imagine hitting a steel wall at that speed,” said Alexander. “In fact, I feel really good, to be honest. Between my Arai helmet, my [Alpinestars] air bag suit, and the Airfence it’s pretty amazing. It definitely could have been a lot worse.”
Alexander said he has decided to skip a multi-team test scheduled this week at Pittsburgh International Race Complex and to focus on recovering as much as possible before the next MotoAmerica round, June 3-5 at Road America.
And Alexander wanted to point out to foreign journalists drawing conclusions and expressing opinions on social media after viewing video of his crash that his helmet did not come off at any point of the crash.
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