By TANYA PHILLIPS
WHEN Tweed-Coolangatta motorcycle champion Karl Muggeridge came off his bike during Sunday's round of the World Superbike championship at Phillip Island - his family and fiancee held their breath.
Muggeridge is due to get married tomorrow at the Glades on the Gold Coast.
"A friend of ours broke his leg before his wedding and had to go down the aisle in a wheelchair," Muggeridge said.
Fellow Australian Andrew Pitt suffered black eyes from his crashes on Sunday but luckily for Muggeridge any bruising won't be visible in the wedding photos.
"I am a bit tender," he said.
"My fiancee was okay about it as long as my face was okay," he joked.
"I'm not supporting any shiners. I think if I had got a black eye she would have blackened the other," he said laughing.
Muggeridge, the 2004 World Supersport Champion, has not had the best start to his Superbike debut.
A flu virus layed him low during the first round at Doha in Quatar. And at Phillip Island he was involved in a high speed crash on the first lap of the warm-up but fought back to finish eighth in race one.
The second race didn't go any better for the Winston Ten Kate Honda driver who crashed going into the hairpin on lap six of the rain-affected race.
"It was really disappointing," he said of the results. He is currently 12th in the rankings.
Muggeridge is now looking forward to round three in Valencia, Spain on April 24.
But before that he has his wedding to long-time sweetheart Isabelle Mueller to look forward to. The pair will wed tomorrow and just have time for a four-day honeymoon in the Whitsundays.