News 10 Oct 2022

Disappointed Clout cleared of any major injury after Cardiff

Groin soft tissue damage sustained in opening final fall.

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CDR Yamaha Monster Energy’s Luke Clout has been cleared of any major injury following his crunching, event-ending fall in Cardiff but is disappointed that he was unable to complete the 2022 World Supercross Championship (WSX) opener in his return to racing.

Clout was sidelined from competition back in April when he crashed in the first moto at round two of the Penrite ProMX Championship in Mackay, sustaining fractures to the tibia and fibula bones in his leg.

Following a four-month absence, the YZ450F rider commenced his Supercross preparations but didn’t race again until the second WSX heat at Principality Stadium. The number 18 finished the heat in P8 after showing solid speed in qualifying and posting the fifth-fastest time, before a heavy fall in the first final brought a premature end to his event.

“I’m so bummed with myself, crashed out of final one, I’m banged up but I’ll be okay,” Clout shared. “I was rusty as hell, six months off and thrown into the deep end back racing with these world-class guys. Glad I’m all good and will live to fight another day.”

The initial scare was that Clout sustained a pelvis injury, but now it appears that the extent is soft tissue damage to his groin.

“For Luke, he actually hit a false neutral and went down heavily in that on-off section,” CDR Yamaha team owner Crag Dack added. “At this stage it looks like it may just be soft tissue damage to his groin, hopefully, and a better outcome than we initially thought.”

While it is not clear yet if Clout will race in the second round of the series in Melbourne on 21-22 October, the assumption is that he will attempt to compete.

Marvel Stadium also marks the opening round of the 2022 Australian Supercross Championship (AUSX), set to commence on the Friday night with Clout also signed to contest the domestic SX1 series with CDR Yamaha Monster Energy.