News 22 Oct 2018

Hand injury season-ending for American guest Taft

Heavy heat race fall forces Penrite Honda rider out of the series.

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Penrite Honda Racing’s Bradley Taft will return home to America after suffering two broken bones in his hand at Saturday evening’s fourth round of the Australian Supercross Championship in Port Adelaide, South Australia.

The American SX2 contender lost control in the final stages of the whoop section during the second heat race of the night, subsequently launching off the berm and crashing down on the starting grid in a brutal fall.

Taft completed the outing after slowly remounting and returned to the circuit for the last chance qualifier where he claimed second, while his attempt to finish out the night came to an end as he pulled in on lap one of the first main event.

“I am completely shattered,” said Taft in statement. “I was looking forward to winning the championship outside of the US but it hasn’t gone my way. I just need to take some time out now to recover and prepare for what comes next.”

The number seven earned a sole podium at Jimboomba’s opening round before his time in the series was cut short over the weekend. It’s yet to be determined if the Penrite Honda Racing outfit will source a fill-in rider for next month’s prestigious Monster Energy AUS-X Open Sydney.