Brock Leitner Injury Update
By Billy Rainford
I’m sorry to report that the reason you saw BC’s #497 Brock Leitner‘s name listed as DNS in the 250 LCQ at Hangtown MX is for the reason you were afraid of. Brock got caught up in the first turn pile up that sent at least 8 riders to the ground.
When riders fell in front of him like dominoes, he had nowhere else to go and slammed into the downed rider in front of him sending him into the air. A rider ran into him and knocked the wind out of him. He landed hard on his shoulder and the end result of the impact is a fracture to the scapula (shoulder blade).
Brock wasn’t happy earlier in the day when he tried a practice start with the rear holeshot device engaged and so didn’t use it in the LCQ start. The front end came up on him and he was forced to feather the clutch to get it back to the ground. Doing so left him mired in the middle of the pack with few options into turn 1.
Brock said he was feeling great and was looking forward to a great Canadian season and added, “I ended last season with a broken scapula, and now I’m starting this season with one.” Brock will be at round 1 at Whispering Pines in Kamloops, BC, but, of course, will only be there as a spectator. They will seek another opinion but will likely be out 6-8 weeks while his shoulder heels and return for the eastern rounds, starting at Gopher Dunes.
Heel fast, Brock.