Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee rider Bas Vaessen was competing in the first round of the 2021 ACU British Motocross Championship at Culham on May 01 when he unfortunately crashed in the early stages of the opening MX2 race. The race was red flagged to allow the medical team to attend to his injuries and once he was stabilised track-side, he was transferred to hospital in Oxford. The team wish to offer our sincere gratitude to RHL Activities and their medical team at the event for the very caring and professional way that the incident with Bas was handled. Team manager Bryan Connolly and Stephen Sword (team rider coach) are also to be commended on their swift actions to ensure that Bas received the best care and attention that he required at the track.
Initially Bas was in the ICU in the hospital for a number of days and made good progress, which subsequently allowed him to be moved to the medium ICU ward. Since then, he has improved further to be in his own room where he also goes through his daily physiotherapy. The doctors are pleased with his progress to date, which has undoubtedly been helped by his high level of fitness. His rehabilitation will continue on a daily basis, with a future move to a specialist spinal rehab facility when the doctors determine that the time is right to do so.
The past 10 days has also been challenging for Bas’ girlfriend Bente, Mum and Dad, who have all been by his bedside since he was hospitalised. The effect on all of the team, our sponsors and Bas’ many other friends and fans has been very evident by the many supportive messages, emails, phone calls that everyone has received from all parts of the “motocross family” throughout the world.
Further press releases and social media information will be issued when it is available.
Roger Magee, Team Owner (Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee)