Bad news for Alex Snow and the Oakleaf Kawasaki squad as Snow will undergo surgery this week to repair his injured shoulder that was hurt recently at round 1 of the British Masters at Preston Docks.
After a great pre-season training away in New Zealand with Josh Coppins, Alex was the best prepared he’d ever been heading back to the UK. After winning the opening round of the Pheonix Tools South West Premier championship, Snow decided the British Masters would be another ideal warm up race to prepare for the first Maxxis British Championship the following weekend at Fatcat Motopark. After running second on the first lap of race one Snow suffered a hard crash dislocating his shoulder, an old injury he had previously hurt years before.
After a week of rest and physio Alex decided to try and ride at Fatcat, but on one of the toughest track on the UK circuit the shoulder struggled to hold up with the end result being very poor by his and the teams standards.
After seeking further advice and scans from the doctor a week later, the choice was made between Alex and the team to follow the doctor’s advice and get the shoulder fixed. Alex will head to Cardiff to get the shoulder repaired by a sports shoulder specialist this week and will be out of action for approximately 3 months. Having had the other shoulder also repaired previously, Alex knows what it takes to overcome his injury and be back ready 100% fit for the final part of the season.
Alex Snow ‘’ im gutted to be missing a big chunk of the season after all the time and work put in and before things have even really got started. Ive dislocated the shoulder several times over the past few years and after doing everything I can to get it right again there just never the same, so the best option is to get it fixed so it’s out of my mind. Then I can come back knowing im a 100% ready to race, and race where I should be not just making up the numbers. I’d like to thank the team, sponsors, friends and family for all the support with the decision as it was a tough call.’’
Shaun Anthony ‘’ It’s a tough time for all involved especially for me as I know how hard Alex has worked for this season. Our plan for this year was for Alex to have his best season to date in the mx1 class, having already dialled the bike in last year and a few changes made for 2013 the kxf450 was perfection. There has been some big name overseas brought in to other teams but we both knew that with Alex’s experience over the years and his off season training with Josh Coppins this was his best chance to succeed. It’s a great shame to be in this situation so early but we feel the surgery is better to have now rather than not being totally fit and 100% committed mentally, the team are behind him all the way with his recovery and we will do our up most to get him back to the start line fully fit.
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