Motocross

Luck does not favour the brave

Author: Andy McGechan

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New Zealand‰Ûªs Hamish Dobbyn showed immense bravery as he lined up to race at the World Junior Motocross Championships in Bulgaria at the weekend. The 15-year-old Yamaha star from Warkworth had broken his arm while practicing, just hours before he was set to fly to Europe nearly three weeks ago, but, with plans in place and tickets booked, the teenage Kiwi champion decided to soldier on. With his arm heavily braced, Dobbyn continued to train near his Belgian base, this time under the guidance of Harry Everts, father of 10-time world champion Stefan Everts and himself a multiple world champion. Together they made the lengthy journey from Belgium to Bulgaria, but it was perhaps too much to expect the injured Dobbyn, also the youngest rider in the international field at the rough Sevlievo circuit, to be at his best, let alone match the cream of the world‰Ûªs motocross youth and make the cut to reach the main race. But, defying the odds, Dobbyn showed he had the pace to run with the elite, and he survived the first cull, among the 84 chosen from the hundreds of hopefuls from all over the world who had made the trip to Bulgaria. The riders were formed into two groups of 42 and Dobbyn soon found himself fighting among the top 20 of his group early in the qualifying sessions. ‰ÛÏIn the first qualifier, he was sitting in a comfortable 17th place, but then got bumped on the last lap to 19th when a couple of riders did a flying last lap. Unfortunately, only the top 18 progressed from each qualifier,‰Û

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