News 17 Aug 2023

Collarbone surgery for Waters following QMP exit

Husqvarna rider reveals 'it was a bit more than just a break'.

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Raceline Husqvarna Berry Sweet Racing’s Todd Waters has undergone surgery on a shattered collarbone sustained in the opening race at Queensland Moto Park.

Waters initially revealed a broken collarbone was sustained in the incident, with further evaluation outlining the damage was greater than that after he was landed on. The number 47 went under the knife yesterday in Brisbane by renowned specialist Dr Steve Andrews.

“I was gutted man, to tell you the truth, I had just got myself up past Gibbsy [Kirk Gibbs] and the track was quite tricky and I couldn’t see fourth place,” Waters said to MotoOnline. “So I just literally started working on standing on my toes and trying to ride smooth, and yeah I just cross-rutted.

“As I hit the up ramp, because I was crossed-rutted, it clicked my gear stick up to false neutral and I went over the bars. That was fine, but yeah Hamish [Harwood] landed on me which broke a rib and a collarbone.

“I got it operated on yesterday, so it was a bit more than just a break. It actually shattered the collarbone so Steve plated it and then had to put all of the little pieces back in there.

“From that side it’s frustrating, I love Coolum and I have always had good results there and also it’s the last time we will ever go there. I’m a bit gutted about that, but I guess I just have to live with that one.”

Prior to the incident at QMP, Waters was eighth in the MX1 standings but demonstrated once more his capability to fight for the podium positions with a P3 finish in moto one at Toowoomba.

Despite the injury that has ruled him out of Coolum’s ProMX finals this weekend, Waters was only set to compete motocross-only once more this year and it is unclear who will ride the team’s FC 450 in the 2023 Australian Supercross Championship (AUSX).