Six months after breaking his leg during the Dakar Rally, Matthias Walkner has been given the all clear to ride again.
On January 9, Austrian Walkner saw his participation in the rally come to an abrupt end when a crash in low sunlight resulted in a fracture to his femur.
Undergoing a long and extensive recovery, the KTM rider is more than pleased to be swinging a leg over his 450 Rally bike once again.
“It feels great to be back,” told Walkner. “I’ve been working hard on my recovery for the past six months and I now feel like I can put that crash behind me.
“Getting a bunch of laps in again this week has been great. Things have gone well and it’s helped to put the pain and very hard rehabilitation behind me.”
And while the 2017 Dakar Rally is still five months away, Walkner knows that having spent six months on the sidelines, he’s got a bit of catching up to do and will therefore use Chile’s Atacama Rally in late August as his first serious return to competitive action.
“Normally by August I have about 200 hours clocked up on the bike but instead I’ve only got one. With that in mind I need some race miles and Chile is a good place to start back again. With five days of racing it will be perfect to build up my stamina again. I’m looking forward to it.”
Report: C Panny
Photos: Michael Groessinger