Kane to miss Qatar!
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After a busy winter of positive pre-season training with the Route77 Energy MVR-D Honda team, Natalie Kane is devastated to announce that she will be unable to compete in the opening two rounds of the Women’s World Championship in Qatar and Thailand, due to an injury sustained at the Hawkstone Park International race a few weeks ago.
A luckless Kane had been feeling stronger than ever after a good winter schedule of testing aboard her Honda CRF 250R machine, when a final shakedown race to get into the competitive mode ahead of round one of the World Championship turned out in disaster. Kane, who was competing against MX2 World Championship regulars at the popular British pre-season race, was pushed out wide at the bombhole section of the challenging Hawkstone circuit (UK), which left her with nowhere to go and she subsequently crashed, breaking her clavicle.
Despite her enormous efforts in attempting to be prepared for Qatar, including surgery to repair the collarbone, Kane has decided with the team that there is too much risk to race with the injury while it’s in its early stages of healing, and the Irish lady from Loughbrickland will sit out of proceedings.
“Once again words cannot describe how I feel right now. I’ve gelled so well with the Honda, and I’ve had such a good feeling in the pre-season that I couldn’t imagine not reaching the first race. I was basically pushed off the track and had no-where to go. I’ve had surgery to repair the collarbone and I’ve been having oxygen therapy, along with everything possible to aid the healing, but it’s just too risky to race when the wound is still so fresh. I am devastated for both myself and the team, and I really have to thank Mark (Chamberlain), Honda and all of the sponsors for their hard work. I hope when I’m healed I can repay them with the results we deserve.”
Kane will continue to reevaluate the situation and return to racing when the bone is fully healed.