With a series as intense as the 2014 Garmin Arenacross Tour the non-stop pace and pressure-cooker atmosphere is bound to take a toll on the racers.
Even the top Pros feel the heat and at round six in Sheffield we were missing American Tyler Villopoto (Oakleaf Kawasaki) because of an ankle injury and less than a lap into his opening heat of the night Steven Clarke (Dyer & Butler KTM) hit the eject button and crashed out, sustaining a suspected broken wrist.
But the good news is that Tyler, brother of AMA SX champ Ryan, is healed up and will be behind the startgate at Wembley Arena for the final round on March 1 – and so will Steven who was eventually diagnosed with a dislocation, not a break.
“The doctor reckons when I crashed I actually just dislocated it,” says Steven who’s won two Main Events so far this season. “I’m still the highest-placed British rider in the series and that’s what the team’s aiming for.
“The wrist feels better and better every day. It’s still sore but I’m going to see a joint specialist tomorrow for some intensive physio. Since I was a kid my dad’s always told me that pain is just weakness leaving the body – that’s the way I’ve been brought up.
“It’ll be difficult but I’ll strap it up and will be chasing a win in Wembley Arena on Saturday – I don’t go out looking for second place.”
With Elliott Banks-Browne also fully recovered from his wrist injury the final round of the 2014 tour is promising to serve up the best racing we’ve seen so far…
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