THE start of the racing season at Dover Raceway in St Ann on Easter Monday will be without some of the island's top riders.
Crowd favourites Motorcycle B 2011 Champion Richard Lyn and Jason Flynn will be out due to injuries while Motorcycle A 2011 Champion Stefan Chin will not be competing.
Lyn, known for his signature yellow Mohawk-styled helmet, was thrown from his Suzuki GSXR 600 along Red Hills Road, St Andrew, recently.
He suffered injuries to his side and elbow. He is now recuperating at home. The accident stalled Lyn's plans of advancing to the Motorcycle A class.
"I just removed the stitches from my elbow so I'm trying really hard to work on it. I really wanted to participate because I wanted to compete with the A class riders. I'm trying my best to recuperate in time as I am anxious to come and put a good show for the people" said Lyn.
Flynn, who competes in Motorcycle B category, suffered a major mishap while practising for his Carnival of Speed encounter on Sunday.
He broke several bones in his left foot when he was thrown from his 2008 Honda CBR 600RR while riding through corner six around the 'hairpin' of the Dover circuit. He is slated for surgery next Wednesday.
"I'm extremely disappointed that I won't be able to compete in the Easter meet. This is the first in two years I would have gotten to compete in a full season, being able to compete was going after the B class Championship and my times were looking good" said Flynn.
"I practised with Dennis Chin-Quee and Adrian Blake on Sunday and felt really confident about my performance. It's weird because things like this don't normally happen on the track. I was riding normal. I wasn't even going fast. It's very unfortunate," said Flynn.
Stefan Chin, Motorcycle A 2011 Champion, will be missing from the track as he will be fine-tuning his bike.
Newcomer and lone female rider Michelle Laidlaw will not be donning her racing suit and helmet either, but fans can come expecting a good show from Adrian Blake, Dennis Chin-Quee, Halquin 'Pugu' Rodney, Norman Chung, Andre Norman and a host of other motorcycle riders.