While on course for one of his best results of the season in Enduro 1, the 2011 Enduro Junior World Champion smacked his right foot on the final extreme test of day one. But with one enduro test still to run along with almost 20 minutes of a tricky liaison section, the Frenchman battled on to finish ninth before limping off to hospital.
We caught up with the Yamaha rider to find out more…
Enduro21: What happened to you this weekend?
Jeremy Joly: “In the extreme test there was a section of the course that had a sharp rock sticking out of it. I didn’t notice it during the first couple of laps, but then on the final lap I hit I hard with my foot. At first I thought I’d ripped my foot off because the pain was so intense. I even stopped just to check!
Watch out for that rock! © Lynn / Enduro21.com
But you didn’t quit!
“No, I was determined to finish so I just gritted my teeth and carried on! At the time I was fighting for fifth place and I didn’t want to lose it. I knew there was just the final enduro test to ride so I tried my best to ignore the pain and make it to the finish. Unfortunately, the pain was too much too hang onto fifth and in the end I finished ninth. It’s disappointing because I felt really good. I was enjoying the race and the heat wasn’t effecting me.”
What is the extent of the injury?
“Straight away I went to the hospital to get it checked out and after some scans it showed that I have suffered multiple fractures of the metatarsal in my foot. At the moment it is still too early to say how long I will be out of action but with two months to be fit for the next GP in Sweden I hope to be ready in time.”