TWO members of the Gypsy Jokers Motorcycle Club were taken to hospital after a collision between riders near Portland on Saturday.
Ambulance Victoria was called to treat five injured South Australian riders at 12.02pm near Mount Richmond, about 26 kilometres north-west of Portland on Portland-Nelson Road.
Three were treated at the scene with gravel rash, while two men aged 44 were hospitalised with more serious injuries.
One rider was flown to Melbourne’s The Alfred hospital for treatment to his shoulder and leg. He was rested on a spinal board during the flight as a precaution. A passenger on the same bike was taken to Portland District Hospital with cuts and a shoulder injury.
Leading Senior Constable Adam Atchison from Portland’s highway patrol said between 80 and 100 members of the Gypsy Jokers outlaw gang were riding to Portland when one swerved to avoid a pothole around a corner on Portland-Nelson Road.
“It was a domino effect — all the rest have slammed on their brakes,” he said.
“A couple have hit the pothole and ended up off the road. One tried to miss the entire group. He put his bike down and headed into the trees. He and his passenger were taken to hospital.
“Considering the corner and what happened, it’s fortunate that more weren’t injured,” he said.