News 10 Oct 2023

Arm surgery marks first step in recovery of Minear

Adelaide qualifying crash forces SX2 rookie to the sidelines.

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Highly-rated Western Australian Kayden Minear crashed heavily in qualifying at Adelaide, forcing him to the sidelines with a broken humerus bone in his arm, the KTM Racing Team rookie undergoing surgery since to commence his recovery process.

This year marks the 16-year-old’s first Australian Supercross Championship campaign in the SX2 category, but his outing at the opening round was brought to a premature end in qualifying.

During the session, a tuff block was bumped onto the track, and with it still there when Minear came around, the number 66 had no option but to run over it mid-rhythm section, which impacted his run and sent him flying off the bike in a major scare.

“Round one of the Fox Australian Supercross Championship is an event that I’ll never forget,” Minear told MotoOnline. “Got to spin a few laps and by the time qualifying arrived I was feeling really comfy on the track. Unfortunately, a rider ahead hit a tuff block onto the track, which an official didn’t get off in time, so I hit it.

“Things turned for the worst and I had to release from my bike, resulting in me snapping my humerus clean in half. I ended up having surgery on it the same night and I’ll be flying back to Queensland to get it double-checked and get a recovery program going.”

Minear’s best effort still saw him with the 10th fastest qualifying time in the afternoon, with the next round of the series taking place at McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle on 11 November.