MOTORSPORT: Mark’s raring to go again despite crash

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MOTOCROSS ace Mark Rudd escaped serious injury after a nasty crash at Great Hockham over the weekend.

The Team TRM ace was on scintillating form at the Norfolk and Suffolk Club event, having secured two cracking second places in his first two races.

But he was suffering from a slow puncture on a flinty track – and it eventually gave way on him after a big jump, sending the Holbeach rider flying off his bike.

Rudd was forced to go to hospital on Sunday morning, complaining of an injured hip. But his condition has since improved and he expects to be fit in time for the next meet.

Meanwhile, six-year-old prodigy Kieran Rudd enjoyed another encouraging outing. He was eighth overall in the autos on Saturday after three finishes in eighth place, before matching that finish on Monday with an 11th and two ninth places.

In the small wheel section, Ashley Rudd bagged eighth overall on Saturday with finishes of fifth, 11th and ninth.

It was a pretty similar tale for him on Monday, with three 11th places securing 10th overall.

Elder brother Ryan Rudd was frustrated by two punctures on Saturday, but still managed an 11th, tenth and ninth. He matched that on Monday too, finishing 12th, 11th and eighth to place 11th.