Bad break for series dream


Dunedin enduro motorcycle daredevil Tom White was riding on a high when he finished second in his class in a national series for the second year running.
But he suffered a harsh return to reality the following weekend when he ran over, and broke, his own leg.
The 17-year-old King’s High School pupil may not be able to compete in the New Zealand Enduro Series next year after breaking both his tibia and fibula during the last round of the Mosgiel Cross-Country Series on June 12.
He raced in four of the five rounds in the New Zealand series, to finish second in the intermediate 0-200cc, two-stroke class and ninth overall.
Each rider’s best four finishes in the five rounds went towards their final placing.
In his class, he finished fourth in Christchurch, second in Wellington, first in Waimiha and second in Tokoroa.
‘‘The last two rounds were probably my best,’’ Tom said.
‘‘I got a new bike between the first and second rounds, which made a huge difference.
‘‘It came down to the last round. If I’d beaten the guy who came first, I would’ve finished first in our class.’’
While second in his class matched last year’s result, his overall ninth placing was better than last year, he said.
The last round of the Mosgiel series did not last long for Tom as he ran over his own leg during the first lap.
‘‘I put my leg out to go round a corner, I hit a log on the side of the track and it pushed my leg under the back wheel.
‘‘It broke the tibia and fibula, and now I have a rod and four pins.’’
He did not think his leg would be fully healed in time for next year’s series.
‘‘We’ll have to see but it sounds like the metal rod in my leg won’t come out for a minimum of 12 months.
‘‘There wasn’t too much pain when it first happened because of the adrenaline.
‘‘I just felt numb. I could tell it didn’t look right. It was just flopping around.’’ Not being able to ride was ‘‘a bit of a bummer’’ but he remained positive. ‘‘This is my first injury I’ve ever had and I’ve been riding for about 12 years, so I’ve been pretty lucky. I’m part of the Mosgiel District Motorcycle Club committee so I’ll be able to help a lot more with that, which is good,’’ Tom said. Mosgiel rider Josh Christiaans also raced in the New Zealand Enduro Series and finished third in the expert under-300cc fourstroke class, and third overall. Christiaans finished sixth in Christchurch and Berwick, third in Wellington and Waimiha, and seventh in Tokoroa. He was ‘‘absolutely rapt’’ with the result, he said. ‘‘Consistency is important.’’