The collision occurred at around 1pm on the B6161 between the village of Beckwithshaw and Briscoe Ridge Lane. The collision involved a red Volksawagen Golf which was travelling towards Beckwithshaw from the direction of Leathley and a black Aprilia motorcycle which was travelling in the opposite direction away from Beckwithshaw towards Leathley. The motorcycle was carrying a pillion passenger and both rider and passenger were wearing black leathers.
As a result of the collision, the rider of the motorcycle, a 48-year-old man, and the pillion, a 47-year-old woman, from the Boroughbridge area, sustained serious injuries and were both taken by air ambulances to hospital, where they remain in a critical condition.
The driver of the Volkswagen, a 34-year-old woman from the Ripon area, sustained minor injuries which did not require hospital treatment.
Police are appealing for any witnesses to the collision, or anyone who believes they saw either vehicle on the B6161 before the collision, to contact TC1050 Charles Ferguson, of the Harrogate Road Policing Group. Call North Yorkshire Police on 101 and select option 2. Please quote reference number 12160164967.