“Sometimes I ask myself whether I am not quite right in my mind.”
Motorsport has always had its drawbacks. High speeds, narrow courses and no crumple zone particularly transform road racing into a dangerous sport.
Serious accidents and losses of friends and colleagues are ubiquitous.
He himself also experienced a serious accident last year after a few smaller accidents in his career.
In the 9th race of the season in Horice (Czech Republic), he was involved in a serious accident during the qualification phase.
The consequences of the accident: his fibula, tibia and ankle were smashed, and 4 cervical vertebrae as well as 5 thoracic vertebrae were fractured. The accident was not only a shock for him, but also for all those involved as well as friends and family. The video of the accident circulated through the entire road racing scene.
“Here I would also like to emphasise once again what a great community this is at such races. I travelled all alone to the Czech Republic. After the accident, other riders organised everything for me. They drove my things to Germany and accompanied me the entire time. I cannot thank them enough.”
After a long recovery phase he is fit again and definitely does not want to give up. Starting on 1 May 2016, the IRRC racing scene continues for Schmiddel with a new motorcycle and new sponsors.
We wish him all the best for the preparatory phase underway at the moment and will also continue to support our Tool Rebel in the future.