News 20 Sep 2016

Hand injury delays supercross debut for Todd

SX2 rookie scheduled to return at Toowoomba.

Image: Jeremy Hammer (Foremost Media).

Image: Jeremy Hammer (Foremost Media).

Serco Yamaha’s Wilson Todd was a notable absentee from the SX2 grid at Jimboomba’s opening round of the 2016 Australian Supercross Championship last weekend in Queensland.

Todd was slated to make his supercross debut at round one, however a practice crash in the lead-up to Saturday night’s event resulted in the rookie injuring his hand, forcing him to sit out of the season opener.

“A whole week before round one I had a crash at the practice track,” Todd explained to “I just washed the front-end out and dropped the bars on my hand. I broke the fifth metacarpal bone on the pinky side of my hand.

“I was hoping I could get to round one, but it wasn’t worth it – I couldn’t have ridden around there and placed well. I spoke with the team and Ray Howard, so we just chose to sit it out and just get ready for round two. I’m going to wait until I’m 100 percent before I get back on the bike.”

The 18-year-old will maintain his regular training program, although he his not expecting to be back on the bike until undergoing a final evaluation later next week. Following that he will recommence on-bike preparation.

“I feel like I’m pretty much good now, I see the doctor again next week on Thursday,” he added. “I’ll have over a week to get some bike time in and be ready for Toowoomba. I’ll be back into normal training, but I won’t be riding supercross until then.”

The Australian supercross series will return to Queensland next month as Toowoomba will play host to round two of the championship on 14 October. Todd will line up alongside Serco Yamaha teammates Wade Hunter and team newcomer Jackson Richardson.