Isle of Man TT rider 'couldn't see through the blood' after hitting bird at 160mph

Photo shows Josh Brookes (inset) who hit a bird at 160mph which shattered the screen on his BMW Superbike
-Credit: (Image: FHO Racing)


A rider at the Isle of Man TT had a narrow escape after his bike struck a bird when travelling at 160mph. Australian Josh Brookes said his visor was "obscured by blood" following the incident on the ultra-fast section at the top of Bray Hill during Monday night's practice.

The impact of the blow shattered Brookes' screen on his BMW M1000RR Superbike machine, with his Monster Energy by FHO Racing team sharing images of the damage on social media.

The two-time British Superbike champion was quoted by the News Letter: “It wasn’t ideal and it was the last lap of the evening I was doing because I was mentally drained after riding so many different bikes. I thought this will be my last lap and that will be me done and I’d only gone a couple of hundred metres when I got to the top of Bray and hit a bird.

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“Luckily it hit the screen first and then hit me on the head, but it was still a decent hit to the head and it rang my bell a bit. The vision on my visor was obscured by blood so I couldn’t see and it was like driving on the motorway in the rain, but instead of clear vision it was like red rain.

“I was trying to pull my tear-off [visor] off but it was slippery with blood when I was trying to pull the tab, so I was kind of guessing my way down Bray before I managed to get it off and clear my vision."

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“I did the rest of the lap with a busted screen and people might think that’s not such a big deal, but the screen even though it’s quite small gives us a lot of protection and I was feeling the full force of the wind fighting and buffering me the whole way around.”

Brookes still manage to complete the lap with no windshield and recorded a speed of 123.856mph.

Photo showing Josh Brookes' shattered screen
Josh Brookes' screen was completely shattered -Credit:X: @FHO_Racing

It isn't the first time a rider has sustained damage after colliding with a bird.

Northern Ireland rider Paul Jordan was left with facial injuries in 2022 when he hit a pigeon at 200mph, while in the same year Dean Harrison struck a bird in the Senior TT.

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