A Bradford trials rider is recovering in hospital after crashing his bike during a competition.

Andy Howe, 55, of Eccleshill, suffered a broken leg and broken ribs after losing control of his machine in the Yeadon-Guiseley Motor Club Championship series at Addingham Moorside.

A spokesman said: “He crashed heavily when the machine cart-wheeled down a rock-strewn fifth trials section. It is thought that he might have caught the throttle control and accelerated enough to lose control at a critical moment.”

Mr Howe, who has won awards at events across Yorkshire, was stabilised by first-aider Julie Rose before paramedics and the Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Team arrived after the crash on Sunday. The rescue team carried Mr Howe down from the moorland crash site to a Yorkshire Air Ambulance. He was flown to hospital.