Some of you are asking why I might have 5 broken ribs. And someone think it isn't smart of me to have done that at 65 going on 66. So I will share that not everything went to plan for my last race weekend of the year. Only my third meeting of the year and in all, not a successful season. I went to Pau Arnos for the French VMA races and the last rounds of the FIM Europe rounds on 28 and 29 Sept. My third race of the weekend was a 14 lapper at about 1:40 a lap for me. As a 750 Ducati rider lapped me over half way in we were running into yellows and I saw an oil flag join them. We were going into a blind left pulling hard in 4th on Lydden gearing, the lowest final drive gearing I have. Then I see two bikes on the floor on the outside of the narrow track and then the rear of the Ducati in front swing out right in a way I had seen 2 other bikes do over the weekend. But this time there really wasn't anywhere left to go so I ran over him and then over his bike, square over his lower legs, I was concerned by that but later it seems it didn't worry him much...no bruising to be seen in the medical centre. And my wife says she saw him walking later. So 4 bikes were involved, the race was red flagged. I was last to join the party and remained at the top of the pile after running over the guy's legs. I was a bit winded but stood and took my helmet off...then sat down on a 'bale' that turned out to be a bag of foam rubber and I sank down. All hell broke loose with medics and stuff and off to the medical centre and some heavy doses of morphine. I broke 5 ribs, proper broke the doc said after x rays, and one of them punctured a lung and I had air and blood in the chest cavity and the lung was collapsed for a while. I think I was the only rider of the weekend to get helicoptered out. Not good at my age. At one point during the stay in intensive care they stood me up and I swear I heard to sound of sea shells rattling in a bag from my chest....of course that may have been the ketamine I told them to stop giving me...... But...day by day. I had 4 nights in the intensive unit and 4 in a normal ward getting great care. Got home from Hospital Monday 7th in the evening after spending 10am to 6pm in ambulances travelling up to 140km/hour to cover the 750km....they beat the shit out of me...thank god for the morphine....and the forethought to keep some in my pocket for the trip! On Tuesday I was able to take a short walk in the garden! The weather has been less supportive on Wednesday and Thursday and I have had some pain, but I still think we are making decent progress. The Rickman is still in the trailer and I haven't even looked at it. I have been told damage is cosmetic only, so I am again pleased to have chosen Rickman battleship engineering over the faster turning Seeley design. The weekend wasn't all bad. Pau Arnos is a great little circuit in a wondeful location and I did have two decent rides I enoyed greatly on the Saturday. The FIM Europe round in particular was fun including meeting some lovely Swedish and German racers and a few visiting Brits over the weekend. And I should say again great hospitality from the French champs riders and organisers, these people know how to do race weekends. A fridge under every gazebo and the rider and his girl who fed the 5000 on saturday night were great. I had a good ride in the FIM race passing Kent Jorneval maybe 7 times in 9 laps, unfortuntely I still followed him over the line. Kent has the most beautiful Imola Ducati replica and I was pleased when he commented after how well the Norton goes. I was looking forward to the rematch but there you go. Riding another FIM E round next year is definitely on my list.......but.... It is going to be some weeks before I get a look at the 3 bikes I have to build before next season, to sell, put someone else on, or ride? if I am honest who knows at this stage? My wife Poppy has a view, my sons have a view, personally I need to know how long before I can reliably lift 40 kilos of Norton twin motor before I take a view.