IT IS incredible how a moment of extreme pain could eventually lead to door opening in someone’s career.

During the British Under-21 Final held at Wimborne Road in 2017, a heat-two crash involving Danyon Hume and Josh Bailey led to a lengthy delay, as both were eventually withdrawn from the meeting.

Hume was left with a badly broken arm following the spill, something he describes as an “explosion” as opposed to a normal fracture.

And while the Poole crowd were treated to a Robert Lambert maximum that day to seal himself the individual title, Pirates owner Matt Ford had not forgotten about the severity of Hume’s situation.

“That’s how I got to know Matt, because Matt came to visit me in hospital,” revealed Hume, in an exclusive interview with the Daily Echo.

“An engine blew up and I got hit by a rider behind me.

“I broke my humerus – the impact kind of exploded, it wasn’t just a break – it was an explosion.

“It was just one of them, you bounce back from it.

“This was the first time I had been back here this year. It didn’t even cross my mind I had an accident here.”

Having checked the rider’s welfare four years previously, Ford swooped to sign Hume for Poole’s 2021 campaign.

The 25-year-old was snapped up as part of the rising star initiative this season and, having improved his average to move into the main body of Pirates’ side, Hume has not looked back.

But the self-confessed “speed freak” has taken knocks in the past and insisted it had only made him a better rider.

The Pirates racer said: “I used to do trials biking as a kid, I was never allowed to do motocross or anything because it was mainly my mum in the background. She said it was too fast and saw the dangerous side of it.

“But from such a young age, I was motorbike mad.

“By the time I got to around 16 I just wanted to race around and do everything as quickly as I could.

“I went and saw a speedway meeting at Coventry and thought ‘these boys are mental, I wouldn’t mind giving this a go!’. Being a bit of a speed freak, straight away it just clicked.

“The noise, the smell, the whole environment around it was just so much more professional than trials.

“Eventually I had a go at it. Crashing and burning! But after I got the hang of it, I really started to enjoy it. I was practicing at Rye House. I maybe got signed up a bit too early but, as a rider that brought me on.

“My first year in speedway I was just known for crashing and demolishing fences! People when they first start out, they are going into corners slow and roll off. I was just a throttle jockey and thinking ‘let’s have it’.

“Promoters see potential in you, knowing you have the speed and just have to calm down.

“Being at Poole, there are big expectations but I’ve loved my time here and fingers crossed, I will be back here next year.

“I feel as if I’ve hit the ground running this year, had the right people around me. I am really enjoying my riding, which has played a massive part of it.”

Hume has already helped Poole deliver the Championship Knockout Cup this season and is eager to help Pirates overturn a 10-point deficit against Glasgow in the second leg of the league play-off final at home tomorrow.

And the former Leicester Lion Cub, whose family attend every meeting, is sure to have an array of support from those closest to him.

“Jack my mechanic at Poole, I grew up with him and he has moved to Dorchester,” said Hume.

“When I signed for Poole, it was awesome to be like ‘Jack can you come work with me, doing my home meetings?’.

“He has and his dad goes up there to watch. My dad’s up there, my girlfriend is up there and they love it. They are so passionate about it.”

But the Pirates charger’s biggest fan, has to be his son Leo.

“He’s three-and-a-half. He loves it and is motorbike mad as well,” said Hume.

“He’s got a balance bike and Lauren bought him a throttle from Halfords. He sits pretending he’s at the tapes and tries to be like me, really!

“Hopefully we can win the league and the cup – all the boys are fired up and that’s all we want to do.”