South Yorkshire biker on road to recovery

Kingsley Ruddy
Kingsley Ruddy

A professional biker from South Yorkshire must find thousands of pounds to replace his sports bike, after a serious crash left it damaged beyond repair.

Barnsley-born Kingsley Ruddy sustained head injuries in the crash on Sunday, which left his BMW S1000RR in ruins after he slammed into a barrier at a qualifying event in Kent.

Now the 20-year-old has just four weeks to find the £16,000 to replace it, or face missing the 2014 British Superbike Championship on April 18, 19 and 20.

His manager, Mandy Cross said: “Kingsley is a bit of a mess after the crash, he can barely get up off the settee at the moment and is very weak and dizzy, plus battered and bruised.

“The loss of his bike and helmet, which were completely destroyed on impact, is a real blow and we now have just a few short weeks to try and find a solution for replacing it, otherwise Kingsley won’t be able to take part in the championship, which is what he’s been working so hard towards.”

Kingsley, who has been riding sports bikes since he was eight, is now appealing to anybody who can help him raise the cash he needs.

Mandy added: “He definitely has some recovery to do, but getting the bike replaced is a huge part of that. He’s determined and wants to get back out there as soon as possible, we just hope that somebody can help.”

If you can help, contact Kingsley on 07580 095931 or visit for more information.