News 19 Oct 2015

Broken leg puts Crawford out of supercross series

Husvqvarna-mounted Queenslander injured at Jimboomba.

Image: Jeff Crow.

Image: Jeff Crow.

Husqvarna factory support racer Nathan Crawford has seen his supercross season reach an early conclusion after suffering a broken leg at the second round of the Australian Supercross championships at Jimboomba, south of Brisbane, on Saturday.

Bouncing back from a disappointing round one, Crawford displayed excellent form in his initial outings on the track, however the exciting teenager crashed on the last lap of his heat race when he came up short on a triple jump.

“I was riding sick until I broke my leg,” Crawford said. “The day started really well, I went out in free practice and I was solid, felt really good and got everything dialled straight away. In timed qualifying I pretty much picked up where I left off and just tried to hit my marks. I ended up qualifying fourth so that gave me a good gate pick.

“In the race I was running probably fifth, but I had a little moment in the whoops and went off the track and back to seventh. I fought my way back to third on the last lap and then got really bad wheelspin before the triple and it kind of highsided me, in-swinging off the upramp.

“I didn’t quite make it and the impact broke my left tib and fibia pretty low. So that’s me done. I’ll take the positives… I had the speed and was catching Clouty who was out front, but now it will have to wait until next year.”

The Husqvarna FC 250 rider sustained breaks to his left tibia and fibula, effectively ending an impressive 2015 race year in which he finished sixth in his rookie MX2 motocross season and made the podium at four separate tracks.