My first memories after the crash are from the Guttmann and are confusing. I didn’t know who or where I was, but I did know that I was a motorcycle racer and that I had had some kind of accident. Instinctively I looked at my feet and moved them, so I knew I wasn’t paralyzed…. and I thought, “Then, why do they have me confined here?” I tried to escape but without success because I couldn’t even begin to get up. According to the doctors, I suffered injuries that were considered permanent, but for almost 2 years I have continued to improve so that I will once again walk and talk well.
I am better and full of hope, but at the same time I am aware of the economic situation of my family. We had no idea how long this road would be and we still don´t. I train at home but I know that in order to continue recuperating I have to continue to work with the professionals who are guiding me through my rehabilitation. Unfortunately, the insurance of the racing federation only pays part of the costs of the first 18 months (a year and a half). The costs paid until now have exhausted the resources of my family and now we lack the means to continue the rehabilitation program.
It is frustrating because I am steadily improving and making good progress, working with specialists in physical, cognitive and speech recuperation.
If you can help me with my program, please donate here…https://www.gofundme.com/KennyNoyes
Also, here I will put updates about my progress so that you can see it.
I was born in Barcelona in 1979 and lived until I was 16 in Miraflores de la Sierra (Madrid), I rode but didn’t begin to race motorcycles until the company (Dorna) my father worked for sent him to California to organize the United States GP in 1994 at Laguna Seca.
My father, who was a motorcycle racer and Spanish endurance champion in 1986, wanted me to play baseball or basketball. I did play baseball for the Spanish team in the 1990 European Championship and basketball at my high school in California. But ever since I was very young, always, my life’s passion has been motorcycles…. gasoline, sliding, speed.
I began racing flat track on dirt oval tracks in USA, making ten-hour trips in a small pick-up to race at the Lodi Cycle Bowl. Although I won races there, my first important results came as an amateur at the end of the 90s. In my first year as a professional I won the national Formula USA title, but my goal was always to road race.
With no experience on asphalt I began as a rookie in the Spanish Supersport Championship of 2001. It was truly difficult. Now it gives me a lot of satisfaction to know that I won races and titles. I rode for two seasons in the Moto2 World Championship, started on the pole at the French GP of 2010 and I took 5th place in the Moto2 GP of Valencia of 2011. But my most important achievement was winning the 2014 FIM CEV International Superbike Championship on a Kawasaki ZX-10.
Of the 2015 season, that opened with a victory in my first race carrying the #1 plate, I remember almost nothing. Little by little, fragments come back…. the win in Portugal, moments in the garage with my team, leaving home to go with my wife to my last race.
During the first phases of my recuperation I was under the illusion that I would race again. But after doing a few laps on the go-kart track on my 140 and being conscious of my situation, I realized I would never race again, I would not be “fast” anymore.
From that moment, I realized that there is another life beyond the race tracks and I want to share with my wife the many years we have before us. When I have recovered, I want to assume the responsibility of organizing the Spanish Flat Track Championship and once again direct my racing school (NoyesCamp).
I have been lucky, very lucky. I am fortunate to still be here…. and I want to win this race of life.
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BANK ADDRESS: 08011 BARCELONA, SPAIN
ACCOUNT HOLDER: KENNY NOYES
IBAN: ES75 2100 1132 2002 0013 3642
"You need to slow down in order to go faster"...
I rode my bicycle for the first time since the crash and was surprised I had enough balance to do it. I rode at the paddock parking lot and on the go-kart track at Motorland with no traffic at either place… but when I tried my luck in the real world with open traffic and many pedestrians it was a different story.
I had enough balance to ride but not to react quickly enough… so I started crashing with my legs coming out too slowly. I got scared but then followed my Dad´s good advice, he said “Kenny, you need a smaller bike. Sure, your mountain bike is technically better but you are not ready for it yet. It would be like putting a Moto3 rider on a MotoGP or Superbike!”
He was right I will go back to the mountain bike but when I am ready for it.