News 10 Sep 2019

Roberts rules out supercross amid return to riding

Raceline KTM Thor contender cleared to race following serious head injury.

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Jy Roberts has ruled out contesting this year’s Australian Supercross Championship as he recently returned riding following 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 five months ago, resulting in a head injury that saw him spend eight days in a self-induced coma.

He has since made a remarkable recovery that has stunned specialists, receiving a medical clearance last month to resume riding and racing.

“I’ve been cleared to race, but I think it’s a bit silly to come back straight into supercross, it’s hard enough when you’ve done a full season of motocross and you’re fit as,” Roberts explained to MotoOnline.com.au. “You have to be on the top of your game, so it would be silly to come back racing supercross after such a severe injury.

“I’m definitely doing the MX Nationals and supercross next year if I don’t get injured again – the plan is to race next year, for sure. I’ve only just hopped back on the bike in the last couple of weeks, I haven’t been doing too much – I’ve just been easing backing into it. I haven’t been doing motos, just going back to basics at the moment.

“I had my first race on the weekend out at Dubbo, it was charity race and I just had some fun – I won one race and got a couple of seconds.”

The Raceline KTM Thor rider won the opening round of the MX Nationals in the MX2 category at Appin before finishing third at Wonthaggi, the last event prior to his accident.

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