News 16 May 2017

Championship 'not over' for Pozniak despite wrist injury

Former MXD series leader to race this weekend's Horsham round.

Image: Alex Gobert (Foremost Media).

The 2017 Motul MX Nationals MXD championship is not over according to Cooper Pozniak who vows to continue challenging for the title following a disaster Conondale round where he suffered a wrist injury and lost the series points lead.

After going down off the start in moto one, the Yamalube Yamaha Racing rider struggled with the injured wrist for the remainder of the day scoring just 24 championship points across both motos.

Following further scans the New South Wales rider learned he had sustained both a fracture and ligament damage, but at this stage he still plans to be behind the gate this weekend at Horsham for round four of the series.

“I ended up getting an x-ray the next day and there’s a small fracture in my wrist and everything else is ligament damage,” Pozniak told “It was all swollen last week, but I’ve been smashing out the physio and it’s starting to feel a lot better now, so at this stage I’m racing Horsham and I think it should be okay.”

Now sitting 40 points behind series leader and teammate Cody Dyce, the highly-rated MXD contender has his sights set on remounting the red plates to his Yamaha YZ250F before the eight-round series wraps up at Port Macquarie on 30 July.

“It kind of sucks having a bad round and being a fair way behind the points lead after having the points lead before that, but we’ll just keep working as hard as I can and hopefully I can get the points lead back by the last round,” he explained. “The championship’s not over, so I’m going to get out there and if it’s a bit sore, I’ll still try my best and hopefully I’ll be able to get some points.

“Then we’ll do Murray Bridge and then we’ve got a break, so we’ll finish these two rounds, hopefully get some good points and then have a good five-week break and do my best at the last few rounds and see what happens.”

Horsham’s fourth round of the 2017 Motul MX Nationals series is set to take place this weekend on 21 May in Victoria.