Starke sore – but nothing broken

GLASGOW star Paul Starke has confirmed he didn’t break any bones in a horror heat nine crash in last night’s Championship opener against Sheffield.

The Tigers No 4 was thrown over the highside of his machine after visiting reserve Jack Smith clattered in to the side of him coming off the second bend on the first lap.

He tumbled across the track along with his bike, which hit the fence but – luckily – landed clear of the stricken racer.

Starke walked away from the crash and took his place in the re-run, but struggled round for a point before withdrawing from the match.

He later took a trip to hospital but confirmed today he had escaped serious injury.

The Englishman said: “After most of the night in hospital and travelling home, the report is no broken bones just a battered and bruised body, with the bike coming off far worse.

“Thanks for all your support messages, will rest up now before the next one.”