[Updated] Richard Hammond Knocked Unconscious In Grand Tour Motorbike Accident

By Holly Brockwell on at

This article has been updated with a statement from Richard Hammond.

Poor Richard Hammond can't catch a break. After being horribly injured in a high-speed car crash on Top Gear in 2006, he's now been hurt again in a motorbike accident while filming The Grand Tour in Mozambique.

The Sun reports that The Hamster, 47, came off a motorbike and hit his head, rendering him unconscious in a crash that caused immediate panic on the set. However, while co-star Jeremy Clarkson said he "hurt himself quite badly," he also joked that "we don't do hospitals." Hammond was instead seen by The Grand Tour's resident medic.

The crash happened on an isolated road in a remote part of Mozambique while filming for the Amazon Prime show, so had Richard's injuries been more severe, it would have been difficult to get him medical attention quickly.

It's not surprising that Grand Tour staff were worried for Hammond: he nearly died when the Vampire dragster he was racing crashed at 288mph on Top Gear in '06. Despite wearing a helmet, he was knocked unconscious and gravely injured after one of the front tyres blew out. He was airlifted to hospital and spent a long time recovering from the resulting brain injuries.

You'll be able to see the crash in an episode of The Grand Tour on Amazon Prime later this year. For now, Hammond is safe and recovering, and as yet there's no mention of the incident on his gloriously 90s website.

Update: Hammond has said he's "checked and he's not dead" on the motoring website Drivetribe. His statement reads:

It's true, I did fall off a motorbike whilst filming recently for The Grand Tour in Mozambique. I banged my head, yes, along with pretty much everything else apart from my left thumb, which remains un-bruised. Can't tell you more yet about the how and why of it; that's all for later in the year on the show. As for injuries; well put it this way, I don't think I can get a book out of it.

Sounds like he's on the mend.

[The Sun]