Richard Hammond has played down his recent motorcycle accident while filming The Grand Tour, assuring fans “Yes I fell off but yes I’m fine. Sorry.”
“Thanks for enquiries re my slight shunt whilst filming for GT,” wrote Hammond in a post on his Drivetribe blog. “I can confirm that yes, I fell off a bike, many times, in fact and yes, I banged my head and everything else. But life goes on.”
In a later post entitled “I’ve checked and I’m not dead”, he added “Thanks for expressions of concern but don’t worry, if I owe you money you’ll still get paid.”
“It’s true, I did fall off a motorbike whilst filming recently for The Grand Tour in Mozambique,” he wrote. “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.”
That last line was a reference to Hammond’s near-fatal car accident in 2011, which inspired his book On the Edge about the accident itself and the process of recovery. Hammond crashed a jet-powered dragster going at 288mph while filming for Top Gear in 2006. It left him in a coma for two weeks and was followed by an extensive spell of rehabilitation.
Despite Hammond’s protestations about his latest mishap, his Grand Tour and former Top Gear co-host Jeremy Clarkson told The Sun, “He really did hurt himself quite badly”. Although, when asked if Hammond had needed hospital treatment, Clarkson responded “We don’t do hospitals.”