Yamaha contender claims third overall in shortened rain-affected event.
Yamaha Active8 Yamalube Racing’s Josh Green has explained he suffered a wrist injury just two laps into the 2019 Penrite Hattah Desert Race, which saw him push through for third Outright in the shortened four-lap rain-soaked event.
Donning the number two plate, Green charged through the adverse conditions before crashing heavily in the early stages, although with the torrential conditions worsening, organisers declared the event at halfway, much to the New South Welshman’s favour.
“This race is always one of the toughest of the year in dry conditions so when you add a heap of rain, it just becomes even tougher,” Green commented. “My first lap was pretty good but then on lap two, with the track getting hammered by the rain, I went over the bars as I tried to plough through a deep, boggy spot.
“I have done some damage to my wrist and I will need to get that checked out this week as its really sore now but while I was still warm and had some grip strength, I kept on going.
“If it had gone the full distance, I’m not sure if the wrist would have held up but I was fortunate to get to the finish line with a good result. Thanks to the team again. They earned their money from this event.”
It’s not yet clear if the injury will hinder Green’s attendance when the Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC) returns on 20-21 July at Kyogle in New South Wales.