Isle of Man TT star had ‘mouthful of bird guts and bust lip’ after 190mph pigeon collision

Guy Martin crashes at the Isle of Man TT in 2010

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Isle of Man TT rider Paul Jordan has opened up on an unusual incident which left him with facial injuries after he struck a low-flying pigeon at 190mph. Jordan earned his first Isle of Man TT podium on Wednesday, which came as a welcome high point after coming face-to-face with the bird, quite literally, earlier in the week. 

“It has been a hell of a week, and this just tops off the story,” said Jordan. “I was going down Sulby Straight and a bird thought it would be a great idea to smash itself into me, smashed me square in the face in the visor and took it off.

“I was going down Sulby Straight with a pile of bird guts in my mouth, a bloody nose, a bust lip and whatever else. I was tucked in behind another competitor. He ducked at the bird and the bird went straight through my visor on my helmet, and now I am left with two shiners.”

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