David Knight has suffered a hefty crash while out training in the Isle of Man, suffering broken vertebrae and ribs in the incident yesterday (Wednesday, August 8).
The enduro legend has hit the deck while out training at the Jurby sand track on the Isle of Man. Though he suffered serious injuries including fractures to the fifth and seventh vertebrae in the crash, which left him without feeling in his legs at first and “making noises like a cow”, Knight expects to make a full recovery.
We heard about the crash yesterday – the Isle of Man word-of-mouth network is faster than Twitter – but had been waiting on official news on the injuries to report from the man himself.
Sitting up in a chair in hospital wearing a supportive cast, David explained: “I have two broken vertebrae in my back, a few broken ribs and a very sore neck.”
Knight was really lucky to have gone out riding with a friend, Nathan Cafearo, who was able to help at the time. The Jurby practice track in the dunes is terrible for phone signal and quite remote on the Isle Of Man which made rescue very difficult for Nathan, David’s brother Juan, a lad from Juan's workshop and the ambulance crew to get him off site and into an ambulance – that took a couple of hours in itself.
“I was there to do motos and during the final lap of my second moto, my rear wheel hit a rock in the sand coming off a jump. I landed sideways and was spat off, head first. I didn’t lose consciousness but did lose feeling in my legs for a very short time and was very badly winded.” David explains. “It took a very long two and a half hours getting me off the beach but they got me to hospital by ambulance where I had CT scans and all is looking ok, thankfully.”
The perils of training often present problems when riders crash but thankfully David was not out training alone: “I’d like to thank Nathan Cafearo, who luckily was down with me riding, my brother Juan and the ambulance crew for getting me off the beach, which wasn’t easy at all. All the medical staff here at Nobles Hospital have done a great job, especially my surgeon Ross Barker who knows me very well and has been very reassuring.
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“It’ll probably slow me down for a bit but I’m fully motivated to get back and be as strong as possible for Weston." Knighter contiunued. “Obviously, I’m disappointed this has happened when I have felt so strong and motivated but most of all I feel very, very lucky that I’ll make a full recovery as it could easily have been a very different story.”
The crash will come as a set-back to his training programme for the 2018 Weston Beach Race but the prognosis is good and though doctors say up to three months is a likely recovery period, it looks unlikely to stop David gunning for a repeat podium at Weston.
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