The Oakleaf Kawasaki team had a disastrous time at the opening round of the 2014 Garmin Arenacross series, as Tyler Villopoto struggled, and Jack Brunell bowed out with an injury. Now, the squad has revealed that Romain Biela will be riding for them this weekend in Birmingham, as Brunell is stuck on the sidelines. The following statement was posted on their Facebook page:
As our fans are aware, Jack Brunell sustained an injury in Dortmund, which was passed as ok by the doctors, and Jack being Jack manned up with a few pain killers to give it his all at the opening round of the Garmen Arenacross tour in Belfast last weekend. Friday’s racing was a disappointment for him after he made it worse in the practice sessions trying to adapt to the conditions of the track, which forced him to make a decision to sit on the sidelines for the rest of the weekend. He had attended hospital on Monday and has sustained a fractured ankle, which will keep him off track for a minimum of six weeks in plaster. It’s a blow to our Arenacross campaign and a massive disappointment for Jack, himself and his Family, we have been under massive pressure to fill the space, as a team you have to field a two-man squad. We are pleased that we have found the hard charging French Supercross specialist, Kawasaki’s 23yr old Romain Biela, who will be teaming up with Tyler Villopoto starting this Saturday at the LG Arena as a replacement for the injured Brit, we look forward to seeing you all there.
Jack Brunell#155: “I got hurt in the last round of the ADAC German SX races on the last day. I went to hospital and the x-rays were not clear whether I had a fracture. I went to a physio all week before the AX, and my foot was getting better, so I took the chance and thought I could ride in Belfast. My foot felt ok in the boot so I went out for the first free practice and felt ok. In the next time practice, the track was so beat up it was down to the concrete and I slipped in a corner and put my foot down and after that I didn’t fell confident in putting my foot out. So it was impossible for me to ride with so many ruts. I was gutted but decided not to race and just watched with the team. I flew back on Sunday and had an appointment on Monday morning where the doctor sent me for another X-rays because it was so bruised and swollen. The new X-ray shows a fracture in the bottom of my tibia. So, I am out for the next six weeks in plaster so it means I miss all the AX rounds. I’m gutted, because I have been training really hard and racing over in Europe to get myself ready for these races. Just want to thank the whole Oakleaf team and sponsors for supporting me in Europe and for the AX.”
Shaun Anthony: “Emotions are all over the place in the team at the moment, we had not expected the start we have had in this series, especially with Jack being forced out after the first round. We welcome Romain Beila to the team and look forward to this weekend’s racing at the LG Arena, where you will all be witnessing some top racing.”