Eastbourne Eagle, Kelsey Dugard, has picked up another injury.
The young rider was already racing with a broken bone in his wrist last night (29 April), when he crashed into the safety fence in heat 8 against Cradley. His bike flew over the barrier, landing on the stock car track in front of the main grandstand at Arlington Stadium.
Although Kelsey was quickly on his feet, the crash has left him with a broken thumb and he broken his other scaphoid, leaving him a major doubt for this week’s National League match at King’s Lynn on Wednesday (3 May).
Team manager, and Kelsey’s brother, Connor Dugard said, “Hopefully it is not as bad as he thinks.”
However, away from the crash, it was a good night for the Eagles, who claimed a 15-point win over Cradley, who are widely tipped to be one of the front runners in the National League this year.
The West Midland visitors were just about staying with their hosts until head 10, when the Eagles brought home three maximum heat wins on the trop. Reserve, Tom Brennan was again the top scorer for the Eagles.
Connor Dugard, said, “I thought we would win by 12 and we won by 15, which was close to my prediction. I think we are all starting to gel now, which helps a lot.”
He had told the team the importance of winning all the home matches as a great platform to make the end-of-season play offs.
“We bounced back and I hope we have given the fans something back after that slaughtering at Midlenhall.
“I think it shows how open the league is this year because Mildenhall were completely ruined at Belle Vue on Friday night. I don’t think they even got a heat win.”
Connor has also confirmed Kelsey will undergo an assessment ahead of Wednesday’s race saying, “If he is tentative and it isn’t safe, not only for him but the other riders, then isn’t fair at all for everyone if he rides.”
EASTBOURNE 51: Tom Brennan 15+1, Mark Baseby 9+3, Georgie Wood 8, Connor Coles 7+2, Charley Powell 6+2, Matt Bates 3+1, Kelsey Dugard 3.
CRADLEY 36: Danny Ayres 15, Joe Lawlor 6, Jon Armstrong 4, Dan Greenwood 4, Ryan Burton 4, Conor Dwyer 2+1, Luke Harris 1.