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Josh's collar bone broken in freak incident.
Photo by Dave Payne
Sun 21 Sep 2014 by Comets Press Office
The Comets suffered another blow on Sunday when number one Josh Grajczonek sustained a suspected broken left collarbone in bizarre circumstances at the PLRC at Sheffield.
UPDATE: Josh will undergo an operation next Thursday to plate his collar bone which is broken in three places.



The Comets season of very strange events took yet another twist in the PLRC at Sheffield's Owlerton raceway on Sunday when the Comets representative - Josh Grajczonek - suffered a suspected broken left collarbone in an after race pile-up.

Having taken five points from his first two outings, a last place in his third ride meant Josh desperately needed points from his last two races to clinch a semi-final spot.

In his fourth ride (heat 16) he was up against three former Comets; the hitherto unbeaten Simon Stead, plus Craig Cook and Ulrich Ostergaard.

Josh made a good start and emerged out of a tight second bend in front. However, as they entered turn three for the first time, Steady dived up the inside and ran Josh very wide, so wide in fact that Josh rode the bottom of the fourth bend air fence and was very lucky to stay aboard his machine. However, that move scrubbed off all Josh's speed and he slipped back from first to last - which is where he remained for the rest of the race.

But, as the riders returned to the pits Josh caught up with Steady as they approached the pit gate and words were exchanged about the events of the opening lap. However, while doing so they ran into each other and both fell from their machines, with Josh landing heavily on his left shoulder and sustaining a suspected broken collarbone!

Afterwards, Comets team manager Tony Jackson said: "I just could not believe what was happening!

"I fully understand the fact that Josh was unhappy with Steady's move on the opening lap as he left Josh with no room whatsoever.

"I have always been a fan, and a friend, of Simon Stead since his time at Workington but on this occasion I feel that he perhaps just overstepped the mark in his treatment of Josh on that opening lap.

"What happened after the race was very unfortunate and regrettable, but there was no malice involved I'm sure. They were basically that busy shouting at each other that they inadvertantly ran into each other at very low speed, with both riders falling and Josh landing awkwardly and injuring his left collarbone.

"We will now just have to get an update on Josh's codition on Monday morning but from seeing him in the medical room it didn't look good and we will almost certainly be looking at guests for our home and away clashes with Edinburgh in this weekend's play-off matches."

UPDATE: Josh spent 4 hours at the fracture clinic today and we can now officially confirm that his collar bone is broken. The consultant wants to see him again next week. Josh wants to go for a private appointment tomorrow and get a second opinion. More updates on this as we hear anything.
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