Lee back in the groove after horrific crash

Michael Lee
Michael Lee
Michael Lee does not dwell on the past, although it makes this last week all the more sweet.

Two years after a crash at the Port Nelson street races left him with a raft of serious injuries, the Dunedin motorcycle racer has taken second in the 2018 event.

The 50-year-old rode well to finish with 60 points and was pleased with his performance.

He came in behind former speedway racer Dale Finch, who won with 75 points and is someone Lee said was a very good racer.

It was Lee's third consecutive second placing in the event, the first of those coming immediately before the crash.

A long recovery period followed and it was not until October 2016 that he raced again.

Just months after that - this time last year - he repeated the second placing at the scene of the accident.

He does not spend too much time thinking about the injuries, which included a shattered pelvis and a broken collarbone.

However, it felt great to have been back racing for the past 14 months.

He said it had been a long process and initially he had to overcome the fear of getting back on the bike.

Since doing so, he has done plenty.

With the help of new trainer Mike Robinson he has upgraded his 2009 Kawasaki ZXR600, which included improving its suspension, something that had been a factor in the crash.

Indeed he said Robinson had helped ''work miracles''.

Notably, Lee had raced at two of the three North Island tri series events - in Manfield and Whanganui - last month.

The field included international racers and teams, giving him the chance to compete against a high calibre of competition.

There he finished 17th in Manfeild, before coming in 11th in Whanganui.

He had been ''a bit frustrated'', having been placed higher throughout the races, although he said the level of the event meant any mistakes meant you fell back.

It was not without its challenges too, both in having to do much of the work on his bike himself, while others had teams supporting them.

He was continuing to cope well though and was looking to keep improving.


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