Wrist injury fails to stop motocross champion

Colac teenager Luke Nowell overcame a wrist injury to win his first motocross state title. He is pictured with Jades Oates, head coach at Oates MX.

Colac teenager Luke Nowell overcame a wrist injury to win his first motocross state title. He is pictured with Jades Oates, head coach at Oates MX.

COLAC’S Luke Nowell has pushed through pain to claim his first Victorian Senior Motocross Championship title.

Nowell overcame a fractured left wrist to win the 250cc B Open class by 59 points, claiming nine race wins for the season.

The 18-year-old removed a plaster cast on the wrist himself two weeks early to complete the championships at Shepparton.

Nowell said his wrist injury wasn’t a factor in his title quest.

“On Saturday it was a little sore, but I rubbed some ointment on it, and it helped me out heaps,” he said.

Nowell, who has won three Victorian Junior B Grade titles, said he was ecstatic to break through and win his first senior title.

“It feels good to finally have a win under my belt,” Luke said.

“The last round was probably my most memorable,” he said.

“Just knowing that I passed, and that I did what I did during the year, as well as coming away with a win was a great feeling.”

Nowell won eight races in a row in the B Grade class, and finished second once.

He also competed in the B Lites class, finishing sixth overall.

Nowell credited the win to constant support from his mum, dad, girlfriend and Oates MX, and his good mate Bodie Tattam, who is in a wheelchair in hospital.

“I just can’t thank everyone enough, and I’m stoked with the win,” he said.

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