John Meara offers injury update after crash in Spain
Last year was a great season for John Meara as he clinched both the Ulster and Irish MX1 Championship titles. The Norman Watt Kawasaki rider hasn’t had it easy with injuries in the past so it was nice to see what he could do fully fit.
Meara reflects on winning the Irish Championship last year – he needed to win all three moto’s at the final round to make it happen and that’s exactly what he did.
“It feels good. It obviously feels like a long time ago now, there’s a lot going on and a lot has happened since the season’s been over. We are trying to get sorted out and hopefully the season will get going again in the next couple of weeks. 2016 was the last time I won and then I obviously got this one last year, the one in 2016 felt nice but last year with it coming down to the last race, there was only two points going into the last moto I think it was. To win the title was very good, I had to win all three races at the last round and I was able to pull it off – it’s the only time I got three race wins all season, I left it to the right time”, Meara told B4MX.
Meara went to Spain in February to prepare for the season but after the bike cut out on the take off of a jump – it’s left him injured and he’s now recovering to hopefully return to racing when everyone else can and the COVID-19 pandemic calms down.
“Before all this stuff even happened I put this season on hold myself, I’m sort of lucky this has all happened because I can recover while no one else is racing. The off-season was going pretty slow, I hadn’t done much riding so myself, Jason, Lyle and Stuart decided we’d go to Spain for the week. On day one of riding, we were testing a few parts and we had a slight bike malfunction. I had a pretty big crash over a jump as it cut out on the take off. I landed pretty hard and done myself a lot of damage. On my right leg I actually broke my right ankle, the tibia bone and on my left hand side I done the pcl ligament in my knee, I had a fracture on my shoulder and already had previous surgery with a screw in it, it snapped the screw so it’s all taking time to heal. At least we have plenty of time to heal at the minute. I’m still a long way off riding a bike just yet, I’m just trying to get the strength and stuff built back up on my knee. I’ve started static cycling last week, it’s just going to take quite a while because there’s no physio or anything happening at the moment. I’m just having phone calls and doing my own rehab”, added Meara.
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