MX Nationals

Mitch Evans In A Race Against Time To Be Fit For Appin

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The GYTR Yamaha pairing of Wilson Todd and Mitch Evans endured a challenging opening round at the 2015 MX Nationals, in Horsham, Victoria, as both riders battled injury throughout the weekend.

The day started brightly for the pair logging the fastest qualifying times in a team 1-2 several seconds faster than their rivals but things soon turned sour after that.

Mitch Evans posted the fastest lap and looked set to get his championship under way in the right manner as he lead the field through the opening turn in race one. But just three corners later, Evans got ejected from his bike as he got cross rutted entry a turn on a fast section of track.

He flew through the air landing heavily but quickly regained his feet. As he went to bike up his bike, he felt sharp pain in his left wrist and although able to circulate, he pulled into the pits and went straight to the Racesafe Medical Unit.

The outcome was a small fracture in his left wrist. He will likely miss round two at Appin but doctors are hopeful to have him back on the track by round three of the championship at Broadford.

‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm devastated,‰Û
Wilson Todd fought through pain and a some discomfort to finish fourth at the opening round in Horsham - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Wilson Todd finished fourth for the round on a day that was cut back due to the injury of a fellow rider in the MXD class. The fact that Todd was even able to ride after recent injuries is a credit to his toughness and determination.

After Evans fell in the opening stages of race one, Todd moved into the lead and began to make a gap over the rest of the pack. Just as he secured a five second lead, he fell from his bike and dropped back to fourth place. He remounted and again started to close in on the front trio. Whilst trying to move into second place he fell again.

By the end of the 20 minute moto, Todd greeted the finish line in fourth place and was totally spent.

Moto two was underway and Todd was in a comfortable fourth place as they approached the halfway mark when the red flag was flown and the race stopped due to a heavy fall involving Dylan Wilson. Due to the seriousness of his injuries the remainder of the day was called off and the round overall was taken from the moto one results.

‰ÛÏFourth doesn‰Ûªt sound too good but just a few days ago I wasn‰Ûªt sure if I would even be able to ride,‰Û

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