Martin Maes & Robin Wallner Share Details of Their Race-Ending Crashes

Sep 21, 2020
by Sarah Moore  

Two of the top riders in the men's field pulled out of the Enduro World Series race in Pietra Ligure yesterday after crashes. Neither broke any bones, but Robin Wallner got a concussion and Martin Maes said his hand went numb for a few minutes due to a deep cut on his wrist. Scroll right on the above Instagram embed to see the damage if you have a strong stomach.

We wish them both a smooth recovery and hope to see them at the final round next weekend in Finale Ligure.

bigquotesThe day started very well with a 2nd and 3rd place. A small off on stage 3 ended up my day due to the impact on my nerves making my hand feels totally numb for a few minutes. Stitched up and hoping to be able to ride next week the @world_enduro in Finale!Martin Maes

bigquotesI am usually a fan of some sketchy conditions but it got the best out of me today and I ended up catching a ride to the hospital instead of riding up to stage 3.

I am doing pretty good, thanks everyone who asked. A concussion and a sore & stiff neck but nothing broken so that’s good news.

Congrats on the win @adriendailly

Hope to be good to ride next weekend but will be cautious with the brain cells I have left.
Robin Wallner


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 I got a paper cut after stapling together some code reports at work so I totally know how these guys feel to get injured on the job. You just never know how dangerous an 8.5x11 sheet of paper can be sometimes, dawg.
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 Did you put the new cover sheet on the TPS report though?
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 Yeah. It's just that we're putting new coversheets on all the TPS reports *before* they go out now. So if you could just remember to do that from now on, that'd be great.
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 @thustlewhumber: but do you PHYSICALLY take the specs from the customer....if not you must PHYSICALLY deliver them to the software people?
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 @RadBartTaylor: I have people skills, what the hell is wrong with you!
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 @rocky-mtn-gman: sounds like someone has a case of the mondays Frown
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 @gotohe11carolina: He is gonna have to come by on Saturday...
  • 34 3
 Friday Fails has taught us that this what happens when you let your Ibis do the work.
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 will be cautious with the brain cells I have left. Legend!
  • 5 0
 A saying I keep telling myself after 6 concussions...-Not a legend
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 I'm sorry, but a concussion is not good news.
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 Your reading comprehension needs some practice there, bud. He said,"nothing broken so that's good news."
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 @mtbmaniatv: Kinda depends on how you look at it. Some injuries take longer to fully heal (if ever) than others. A concussion doesn't necessarily heal quicker than a broken bone, especially for top athletes who need to rely on reflexes and coordination. Either way, quick news is nice and all but ideally he just cuts back on screen time and does what he has to do with a concussion. Whatever social media tells you, social media can wait.
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 @vinay: Depending on how severe the concussion is it isn't too big of a deal, but repeated or more severe concussions can have some nasty long term effects. Sadly learned that the hard way.
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 @vinay: @nickbosshard a concussion is NEVER not bad news. No matter how mild or severe. Concussions have life long affects, especially after repeated occurrences. We are learning that CTE is no joke, severe depression and anxiety, suicide, psychopathy and I'm sure as the research grows even more debilitating conditions. Now, to be fair, a severe musculoskeletal injury can and has been severely debilitating as well (think about our idols that have had spine, back and neck injuries) as well as peoples careers that have been altered by other injuries (Ratboy, Clementz....). We all know about those risks and their consequences, but when people say that a mild concussion is not a big deal and you'll heal right up from it. . . .well. . . Imo that's categorically wrong and people need to stop brushing it off so nonchalantly. Part of the reason we dont have the science and research. . . And safety protocols in place to this day is because people always brushed concussion off as no big deal when in actuality these are life altering injuries.
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 @mtbmaniatv: Well, I was more than a bit drunk when I initially read the article. I still stand by my statement though. Concussions are not good.
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 @Unrealityshow: I agree with you. Just arguing semantics. Doesn’t look like anyone else understands the point of my comment either.
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 Even though they are part of the deal, injuries are the bad stuff you don't want to happen to anyone. Tip for Martin here, coming from an expert keyboard warrior: If once again you've got to choose between limb saving treatment and be disqualified, or lose the limb but don't be disqualified, go for the limb saving treatment. WADA can suck it. There is no overall for the EWS this year anyway so even if you get disqualified, you can at least keep on riding!
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 That cut is gnarly! I've taken a ride in the airborne meat wagon for a concussion too. It's not fun. Healing vibes to both of them for sure.
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 God that cut on Martin's wrist is messing with my head... Seems like a sketchy spot to take one like that :/

Godspeed to both of you on recovery
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 Agreed, can't fathom how he would risk riding a week later! Eek
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 Speedy recovery to both, I for one have permanent brain damage from a car crash so I know any knocks on the head are f*kin bad
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 My bracket did not have a good time this round. Martin Maes DNF, and Ella Connelly DNS due to possible covid exposure.
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 Looks like somebody botched an endoscopic carpel tunnel procedure on Martin,

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