INJURED Swindon Robins rider Darryl Ritchings has been successfully brought out of sedation at Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital.

Ritchings, who has been sedated since crashing against Coventry on April 3, was woken by doctors on Wednesday and, although he has a slight chest infection and is still somewhat disorientated, is responding well.

Swindon Robins boss Alun Rossiter welcomed the news, saying: "I’ve been in contact with the family and the good news is that Darryl knew his daughter Poppy, and was also aware of things like his mother’s birthday.

“Apparently the disorientation is normal for a youngster who has been through what he has, and it’s now a case of taking things slowly day by day.

“We will keep people in touch via information we receive from the family, and as and when there is something to say we will do so through the club’s official outlets.”