News 5 Apr 2023

Defending AORC champion Bacon injured in Tasmania

E1 points leader has undergone surgery on broken left leg.

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Defending Yamaha Australian Off-Road (AORC) E1 champion Kyron Bacon has sustained a broken left femur in Tasmania and has undergone surgery to begin the recovery process.

Bacon sustained the injury while racing at a Tasmanian enduro event and went under the knife on Sunday to help repair the break in his left leg, with Motorcycling Australia’s Sporting Director Simon Maas instrumental in organising a high level of care in a timely manner.

“We had a race in Tassie on the weekend, just the Pony Express so I partnered up with my brother to have a bit of fun,” Bacon said to “We had a pretty good start and I kind of came around this bit of a corner and the back just hit a rock, hit the wrong line.

“It just kind of happened quickly and threw me over the bars, landed in the scrub and my leg was kind of hanging sideways and a bit tender at the time. Ended up getting into hospital, had surgery the next day in the morning and am home now, which is good.

“The doctors are saying about six to eight weeks, I’ll kind of take it day-by-day and just see how it goes really. I’m not going to rush it, I’m just looking forward to being able to walk properly and just do normal things first, then slowly get back into racing and hopefully finish off the year strongly.”

The 2022 season marked a standout campaign for Bacon, also victorious in the Australian Four Day Enduro (A4DE) and was part of Team Australia’s third-placed Junior World Trophy Team at the International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) in France.

His 2023 campaign was off to a great start with victory in E1 during both days of the opening AORC event in Mendooran, and it is understood that ShopYamaha Off-Road Racing will look to field a replacement rider in his absence.