News 8 Sep 2023

Positive feelings for CDR's Clout in first ride back

'To be honest, my arm feels pretty much 100 percent.'

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Missing the last two rounds of the 2023 Penrite ProMX Championship after surgery on a broken arm, Luke Clout is back on the bike and feeling good as preparation for the Australian Supercross Championship (AUSX) and remaining World Supercross Championship (WSX) races ramps up.

Clout broke his arm while training at Coolum in July, forcing him to the sidelines and requiring surgery, with renowned specialist Dr Steve Andrews completing the procedure to commence the recovery process.

While Clout was unable to ride during the weeks after the operation, he worked hard to remain fit off the bike and was given the all-clear to start cutting laps again this week.

“So, I got released over the weekend by Dr Steve Andrews,” Clout told MotoOnline. “He said everything is looking perfect. I had my first ride on Tuesday and rode again Wednesday. To be honest, my arm feels pretty much 100 percent. There’s no pain or discomfort, so it was good, I didn’t feel like I was coming back from an injury at all.

“I’ve been training really hard off the bike basically the whole time and staying fit, so pretty much as soon as I hopped on the bike I felt good. Now I’m going to ride for a few more weeks, then the team is coming up and we’re going to do some testing so that we’re ready to go racing.”

Clout – the 2021 Australian MX1 champion – has endured challenging recent seasons in terms of injury, with a broken leg sustained at Mackay ruling him out of ProMX contention last year and a broken thumb at Marvel Stadium spelling the end of his 2022 AUSX campaign.

The CDR Yamaha Monster Energy rider is currently 11th in the SX2 standings after the first round of the WSX championship at Birmingham and will compete onboard a YZ450F when the Australian Supercross Championship (AUSX) commences in Adelaide on 7 October.