…When my throttle stuck wide open.

Nobody (myself included) could believe that I had walked off the track.

I was racing the second moto of Open C when my throttle stuck wide open. Because of the engine characteristics of my motorcycle and how quickly it happened, I was unable to recover fast enough to keep from crashing. The motorcycle looped out, threw me off of it, and tumbled across the ground about ten yards. I landed hard onto my back, rotated forward onto my right temple, and forward again onto my back. One of the track hands ran over and asked if I was okay. I shook my head “no.” When he asked if I needed the paramedics, and I nodded “yes” (I had gotten the wind knocked out of me), they stopped the race while the paramedics came over and helped me to my feet. They took me over to the ambulance and did what they could to make sure nothing was broken. We all agreed that the back pain I had was muscular, and there was no need to go to the hospital. After that, they sent me on my way.

Two days later, I noticed the pain wasn’t going away and had also grown sharper. Just to be safe, I decided to go to the hospital and get everything checked out. It turned out I had fractured my T-2, 3, 5, 6, and had broken my T-4. Nobody (myself included) could believe that I had walked off the track and functioned normally for two days. I ended up having emergency surgery, and now have two permanent titanium rods in my back.

Afterwards, the doctor said that if I wasn’t wearing my Leatt GPX 5.5 and O’Neal Series 9 helmet, I more than likely would not have survived that crash. If that isn’t reason enough to wear a neck brace, I don’t know what is. Yes, once I’m healed, I will continue to race the CR500.

Elijah Hovorka

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Crash video (you really only need to watch the first 50 seconds)



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