Youthful talent progressing in recovery from serious head injury.
Raceline KTM Thor rider Jy Roberts has set a target of returning to racing in the 2019 Australian Supercross Championship as he makes a remarkable recovery from a serious head injury sustained in April.
The former Pirelli MX Nationals MX2 points leader was practicing in New South Wales when he suffered a serious accident, resulting in a head injury that saw him spend eight days in a self-induced coma.
Returning home just days later, Roberts has since made incredible progress that has stunned specialists, promoting hope in making a return to professional racing later this year.
His return to the start line will ultimately come down to an important evaluation with a neurological specialist in August, who will determine if Roberts can recommence activities such as driving a car and racing motorcycles.
“The recovery has been really hard actually, every day has been a challenge to do normal things,” Roberts explained to MotoOnline.com.au. “I was in hospital for 12 days, and since I’ve been home, I’ve just been making sure I do everything I need to do.
“I’ve been going to the brain clinic and physio every week, and the brain clinic says they’ve seen people with the same head injury as me still in hospital at the two-month mark. It hasn’t been two months for me yet, and I’ve been back – I haven’t been riding – but I’ve been rolling around and back doing what I used to be doing.
“It’s a good thing, I just have to make sure I keep doing everything I need to do every day to get better. 100 percent I want to be back racing – I’d be back racing in a heartbeat if I could. At this stage, the goal is to race supercross, but I’m not 100 percent sure if that’s going to happen.
“I have to see a brain specialist in August, and he’s the person who can tell me when I can start riding and driving again. He’s pretty much the person who tells me when I can a have a normal life again and go back to doing everything I was doing.”
The 18-year-old won the opening round of the MX Nationals in MX2 at Appin and then finished third at Wonthaggi. An outpouring of support by the motocross community has been offered to the teenager in his recovery.