COLAC’S Luke Nowell will push through pain when he competes in the final round of a state motocross series with a fractured wrist.
The 18-year-old removed a plaster cast on his left wrist two weeks early to complete the 2014 Victorian Senior Motocross Championships this weekend.
He said he had gone against doctors’ orders but a chance to win his first state title was too good to miss.
“It’s just a fracture, I’ll be right,” Nowell said.
“I fractured the wrist three weeks ago riding my cousin Garrison Thackeray’s bike, it stalled and threw me over the handlebars,” he said.
“I went and got it x rayed and found out it was fractured.
“I was supposed to be in plaster for five to six weeks but I told the doctors it’s got to be better in three weeks’ time, they said they’d prefer I didn’t.”
Nowell, also a promising junior footballer with the Colac Tigers, removed the plaster cast himself on Tuesday and was going for a practice ride this week in preparation.
“I’m not too sure if I’ll be able to ride yet, I’m going for a ride and hopefully it holds up so I can make it to the weekend,” he said.
“I’ll have my wrist strapped, and I’ll have a brace on over that, the only thing that will hurt it will be the jolts through the handlebars, but hopefully it’s muddy so it’ll be a bit smoother.
“After the weekend I’ll go in and get it x rayed again, hopefully it’s healing right and I can get back into football otherwise I might need to get back into plaster.”
Nowell has won seven motos this season in the B Open class to lead the series by 55 points.
He said the lead meant he did not need to dominate this weekend’s round to claim the state title.
“I’m two races clear, so if I can get fifth or fourth this weekend then the title’s mine,” he said.
“I’m pretty lucky I haven’t lost too many races all year.”
Nowell, who has won three Victorian B Grade junior titles, also competes in the B Lites class where he sits in fourth place, 33 points behind leader Darren Schenk.
Nowell missed fourth months of the 2013 season after injuring an elbow in a crash, which required surgery.