News 8 Nov 2017

Recovery on track for Webster following Bacchus Marsh scare

Western Australian ace still uncertain on recovery time.

Image: Jeremy Hammer (Foremost Media).

Penrite CRF Honda Racing’s Kyle Webster has indicated his recovery is on-track after suffering a serious back injury at Bacchus Marsh’s second round of the Australian Supercross Championship, which resulted in the Western Australian fracturing his T7, T8, T9 and T10 vertebrae.

Webster initially lost feeling below his waist upon impact due to spinal shock, however regained full feeling and movement and was later operated on to repair the damaged vertebrae, where two rods and over 10 screws were installed.

“It’s been good,” Webster told “The first two weeks were very slow, I couldn’t really move – I was kind of just guarding the couch all day long. I’ve started to feel better and better each day, and I’ve started to get out of the house a bit more and be active – it seems to be helping my recovery heaps, I’m loosening up now.

“I don’t want to stop racing because of this, but at this stage I’m not really sure how long the recovery is going to take – it’s just going to depend on how I feel. I’ve got a few good people who are helping me out with a good recovery program, by the sounds of it, as long as I do everything properly and in the right stages, it should be good.

“I don’t want this to trouble me for the rest of my life – it is my back – so I just have to be smart with this one. Paul Haines and Stephen Gall are helping me out, I think the first part of it all is going to be reactivating muscles and getting them back to a good working order – you obviously don’t want to start doing too much and hurt it even more.”

After finishing this year’s Motul MX Nationals in fifth with a number of podiums to his name, Webster was granted a contract extension with the New South Wales-based CRF Honda Racing outfit for 2018, which was confirmed back in September.