News 25 Jul 2014

Marmont in doubt for Raymond Terrace MX Nationals

Wrist injury takes its toll on retiring four-time champion.

Image: Jeff Crow.

Image: Jeff Crow.

Retiring four-time MX Nationals champion Jay Marmont could sit out the Raymond Terrace round of the 2014 series after sustaining a wrist injury at Conondale.

Marmont starred by leading the opening moto at Conondale just moments before announcing he’ll retire at the close of this season, but a wrist injury suffered earlier in practice has cast his final scheduled New South Wales appearance into doubt.

“I rode the bike on Monday and my wrist was really sore, so I got an X-Ray and they found two old breaks in the bones,” Marmont explained. “I stirred those injuries, plus have damaged ligaments across the front of my hand, through the thumb.

“I’ve not been able to ride all week, which has been disappointing, but I went riding today and felt okay a week or so out from Raymond Terrace. My strength isn’t there though, so the decision’s basically been made to sit Raymond Terrace out.

“I need to be smart about this, but I will still be at the race signing autographs and doing all I can to help out the CDR Yamaha boys. If it changes dramatically next week, I could be a chance, but right now it’s more likely I will sit this one out and come back for the final two rounds.”

It’s an unfortunate circumstance for the 31-year-old, who was looking to compete in front of home fans one final time before concluding his outdoor career at Gladstone and Coolum next month.