News 4 Aug 2009

Oz MX: Kawasaki's George recovering after Coolum crash

Kawasaki Racing Team sent this update on the recovery progress of 2008 Australian Pro Lites MX Nationals Champion Luke George, who crashed in last weekend's final round of the 2009 series at Coolum in Queensland.


Luke George

Luke George

As many are already aware, 19 year old KRT Pro Lites rider, Luke George, suffered a heavy race fall on the first lap of the third Pro Lites moto at the final round of the 2009 Australian Motocross Championships at Coolum, QLD on Sunday 2 August.

Minor contact with another rider mid air on the first and biggest jump on the track resulted in Luke crashing heavily. Thankfully Luke was not hit or run over by any other bikes after falling.

Luke was taken to Nambour hospital where he was put into an induced coma to settle and alleviate the swelling and bruising to the brain sustained in the fall. Luke was then flown to Gold Coast Hospital that evening where he currently remains.

At this point in time Luke is still in an induced coma. He is breathing on his own and his blood pressure is good. There is bruising still evident on his brain however the swelling is alleviating.

KRT Manager, Brett Whale says, “Yesterday doctors tried to pull him out of the induced coma and as a typical MX racer he was kicking and thrashing. Before he woke, doctors were concerned that he would pull out monitors and suction tubes. They are going to repeat this today so I will know more tonight.”

“This has gutted the whole team. I love Luke dearly. These boys are like my own. Luke is a true champion and a fantastic ambassador for our product and knowing how tough he is, I’m sure he’ll be back bigger and better than ever. I just wish the family all the very best. We’re all trying to stay as positive as we can.”

Luke’s father, Barry George, can’t thank everybody enough for their support and well wishes and is blown away by just how many people love and admire his son.

Management and staff at Kawasaki are deeply saddened by the news of Luke’s accident but remain optimistic and positive that Luke will come through the other end fighting fit like the Champion that he is.