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Shows that feature hosts speeding across all manner of terrain while cracking jokes and having the times of their lives are fun to watch, but there's always a clear element of danger. Richard Hammond, formerly of Top Gear and currently of The Grand Tour, was recently involved in an incident that left him in pretty rough shape. Luckily, he wasn't so badly injured that he couldn't release a cheeky statement. Hammond had this to say about his injuries:
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.
The Grand Tour usually features its hosts in all kinds of crazy cars rather than on motorcycles, but Richard Hammond was clearly branching out for an episode set in Mozambique. His description on DriveTribe that he bruised just about every part of his body aside from his left thumb makes his injuries sound pretty ugly. That said, they apparently weren't so awful that he couldn't post about them and they wouldn't be featured on the show at a later date. We can bet that the Amazon series will probably edit out any gruesome elements of the motorcycle fall, but Hammond indicates that we'll see how and why it happened when the show returns for Season 2.
The motorcycle fall isn't the first time that Richard Hammond has been significantly injured during filming for a series. Back in 2006 while still working on Top Gear, Hammond was in an accident while driving a jet-powered car, leaving him with serious head injuries. He was in a coma for two weeks before pulling out of it, and he has revealed that the accident haunted him for years afterward. It clearly wasn't enough to stop him from pursuing the job he loved and made him famous. Hopefully he'll be able to bounce back from the motorcycle incident as well as he did from the jet-powered car crash. At least these most recent injuries sound less serious than those that left him comatose.
Richard Hammond was apparently far from home during his recent incident. The Grand Tour films in different locales all over the world, which is actually why the show earned its name. The show filmed in such locations as Finland, Loch Ness (with sadly no appearance from the legendary lake monster), and Namibia in Season 1; Season 2 will evidently take the crew to Mozambique, among other places. The show was one of the most illegally downloaded shows on television during 2016, so it's clear that a sizable audience either followed Hammond and Co. from Top Gear or discovered them when they made it to Amazon. The Grand Tour was breaking records for Amazon shortly after its debut. All things considered, it's been a hit for Amazon.