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Kozza Smith Podium’s In Return To Competitive Action

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Last weekend International Speedway rider, Kozza Smith, took to the track in only his second meeting after major wrist surgery at the Heffernan Motorsports Series held at the Tamworth Speedway.

Kozza injured his wrist in a premier league outing for Berwick Bandits late in 2013, ending his season early. He signed on the dotted line nice and early for Brian Havelocks, Redcar Bears ‰ÛÒ only to be denied a visa due to new rules affecting Australians.

After a few big months of training, Kozza seen a physio to discuss the limited movement in his wrist and turns out ‰ÛÒ it was still broken, and it was to require major surgery, taking bone from the hip and grafting it into the breaks.

It was as successful as could be, and now Kozza is back training hard and getting as many laps as he can in preparation for the 2015 season.

Kozza made a spectacular return to racing at Tamworth, with four race wins ‰ÛÒ coming from the back to pass some talented riders who were also denied visas, Joey Ringwood and Alex Davies.

He also beat some quick young boys riding well, Tyler King, Kieron Sproule & Jake Allen.

Entering the 5th round, Kozza was lined up next to the electric, Tyson Nelson. He took the lead and held off Nelson, only to be passed on the last corner to take second in his final heat.

Kozza then went on to take 3rd in the all important final.

‰ÛÏIn the race with Tyson, there was a hole through turn 3/4 and I kept hitting it, it was the quickest line but the last lap I chose a different line, and as soon as I made that split second decision, I knew Tyson would be through." Smith explained. "A rider of his calibre can capitalise on a small mistake like that.

"Then in the final, it just came down to poor gate choice. I was last and spent a few laps battling with Alex Davies and by time I got fresh air, Tyson and Jake Allen were gone. All credit to them though, they made the best of the conditions and made the gate in the final.

‰ÛÏI am just so happy to be back on the bike, getting fitter and getting laps under my belt, ready for next year. If its even possible, I feel like I am more keen then I ever have been!‰Û

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