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Richard Hammond “Badly Hurt” After Crashing His Motorcycle Whilst Filming In Africa

The Grand Tour, and ex-Top Gear, host Richard Hammond has been involved in a motorcycle crash whilst filming in Mozambique. According to the early reports that we’ve received, he’s “ok” but the accident was pretty serious. The report continued to explain that Hammond was knocked unconscious whilst filming a scene for the next season of The Grand Tour after falling from his bike at speed. Miles from medical help in the remote parts of Mozambique, we hope it’s not going to be a repeat of his last big accident situation.

The Grand Tour Host Richard Hammond “Badly Hurt” In Africa

The 47 year old presenter has always had a love for motorcycles. Unfortunately, he didn’t get much of an outlet for his passion with Top Gear, but The Grand Tour has been a little more motorcycle friendly. However, Top Gear did air their Vietnam Special, that saw the threesome ride from Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) to Hanoi on two-wheeled machines. Jeremy Clarkson rode a Vespa, James May took a Honda Cub, and Richard Hammond easily took the best bike: a Soviet-era Belorussian Minsk 2-stroke 125.

As far as we’re aware, the trio were filming a more bike-orientated sketch in the African country of Mozambique when Richard Hammond took a spill. Here’s what the UK’s The Sun newspaper had to say from the early reports: “Richard was travelling quite fast when he came off. It caused instant horror on set. There was a lot of concern. If his injuries had been serious it wouldn’t have been easy to get medical attention. It’s very remote there and facilities are basic.”

The Grand Tour’s Jeremy Clarkson commented that his co-star “really did hurt himself quite badly.”

Other sources that are reporting the story keep asking whether he was wearing a helmet or not when it happened, but that’s a debate for another time. The most important thing is that he gets back up, dusts himself off and continues filming one of our favorite motoring shows.

We agree that this probably isn’t the most noteworthy news story of the day, but we were fans of the trio back in the Top Gear days, and we’re pleased to hear that the crew will be featuring some kind of bike related coverage in Africa for the next season of The Grand Tour. So that’s the real story! Also, it’s also worth mentioning that Richard Hammond did suffer from a near fatal crash 11 years ago, crashing a jet powered dragster at an incredible speed of 288 mph – so another crash for the poor fella isn’t exactly good news.

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Joe Appleton
About Joe Appleton

I’ve done a bit of work here and there in the industry – I’ve even ridden a few bikes for actual money but what it comes down to is this: I ride bikes, build bikes and occasionally crash ‘em too. I like what I like but that certainly doesn’t make my opinion any more valid than yours…