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Manuel Lettenbichler Sidelined from Xross Hard Enduro Rally Due to Knee Injury

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Manuel Lettenbichler is scheduled for surgery to repair the damage. Photo: Future7Media

Reigning FIM Hard Enduro World Champion Manuel Lettenbichler has been forced to withdraw from the upcoming Xross Hard Enduro Rally after sustaining a left knee injury while training in Tuscany, Italy.

The Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider, who clinched a dominant victory at the iconic Red Bull Erzbergrodeo less than two weeks ago, suffered a meniscus tear when he was forced to put his foot down to steady his bike. This incident occurred during preparations for the next round of the FIM Hard Enduro World Championship.

Lettenbichler is scheduled for surgery to repair the damage on Tuesday, June 18, with Dr. Unsin at the hospital in Prien am Chiemsee, Germany. As a result, the 26-year-old will miss round three of the series but aims to return for round four, the Red Bull Romaniacs, in Romania from July 23-27.

Fabio Farioli, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Enduro Team Manager, commented on the situation: “Obviously, this is a setback for Mani and one that comes at the worst possible time, during one of the busiest periods of the year. Mani has undoubtedly shown his class this season, maintaining his unbeaten record from last year and proving he really is a level above the competition in hard enduro. While this injury means he will miss the upcoming Xross Hard Enduro Rally, we hope to see him back on the bike and winning again as soon as possible. It goes without saying that the whole team wishes Mani all the best with his recovery.”

Photo of Hard enduro Champion Manuel Lettenbichler
Manuel Lettenbichler clinched a dominant victory at the iconic Red Bull Erzbergrodeo less than two weeks ago. Photo: Future7Media

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