Bruised lung and multiple breaks throughout body outlined.
GasGas Racing Team’s MX2 contender Noah Ferguson has revealed a long list of injuries following that practice crash in the week leading into Appin’s second round of the Penrite ProMX championship.
Initial x-ray results showed a fractured collarbone, which Ferguson has ridden through in the past and was confident he could do so again to secure valuable championship points heading into a four-week break. However, after attempting to race round two at Appin, the Queensland-based rider suspected that his injuries were greater than the fractured collarbone alone.
“Basically, after Appin, I went to get more scans,” Ferguson told MotoOnline. “I got a CT scan, MRI and ultrasound on some other areas of my body that I was feeling pain in. Turns out, I had a broken humerus, scapula, rib cage, T5 and obviously the collarbone, but I also bruised my lung, so I gave myself a good whack and wasn’t really aware of the extent. My first scans only showed a broken collarbone.
“Right now, the plan moving forward is to take it day-by-day, I don’t want to return to racing unless I feel I can really be competitive. So we’ll play it by ear heading into Wodonga and see what happens. It’s a bummer, I had a great start to the season and I was feeling great on the bike, but these things happen and this is the sport we’re in. I’ll learn from it moving forward and hope that it makes me a better rider overall.”
His 2023 season was off to a flying start at round one in Wonthaggi, qualifying fastest and taking home third in the opening round. The Penrite ProMX Championship now heads to Wodonga, Victoria, on April 16 for round three. Ferguson sits 14th in the MX2 standings after failing to score points in either of the two motos at Appin, despite lining up for qualifying and moto one.