Yes, that’s exactly what happened, I crashed quite heavily onto my lower back at an invitation indoor trial competition in Le Mans France. I was enjoying the event but got a technical part of a hazard wrong and fell onto a concrete part of the hazard whic
My last major crash was in 2009 at the Barcelona FIM Indoor World Championship and I accept that these things can happen. In training during the end of 2017 and the start of 2018 I had started to have sensations in my arms which at times made it difficult to hold onto the Renthal handlebars. After seeking the advice of the medical team I use, we found out that I had a trapped nerve in my neck from the 2009 crash.
With specialist advice, I was able to ride around the pain barrier to see if at some point it would need to be operated on but then I went and had the crash at the indoor invitation event at Le Mans in France. I took a heavy blow against a concrete part of the hazard after failing to make it up a step. It forced me to abandon the event before being taken away for an examination at the Le Mans hospital.
After medical tests performed by the team doctor, Joaquim Terricabras, at the Consell Catala de L’Esport and the Creu Blanca Clinic of Barcelona, it was confirmed that I had suffered a fracture of the right apophysis transverse of the lumbar vertebrae L2-L3-L4.
Dr Terricabras recommended that I rest from all sporting activity stating that the evolution of the injury will dictate when I could ride again. The decision was made to compete in Paris where I could celebrate yet another successful World Championship win. I want to thank everyone who made this possible, I always remember we are a team, a winning team!!
Until Next Time – Ride On! – Toni
6 My face after my 2009 crash. Celebrating my 2018 X-Trial World Championship with Trial Magazine editor John Hulme The X-Ray on my back showing the three broken vertebrae.