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Damien Oton has suffered a broken back while on a training ride yesterday. Oton, with two career EWS wins and a Megavalanche win, posted a video on Instagram earlier today that showed a wrecked Fox helmet and blood coming from his head. It sounds like a branch caught in his front wheel and he landed with his back on a stump.
This is Damien's second big injury of the year as he broke his scaphoid
while training for Rotorua and missed the first two EWS rounds. Damien is heading home tomorrow to see if he needs surgery, there's no word yet on how long he expects to be out for but has said he intends to be back racing as soon as possible.
Healing vibes go out to Damien. We hope he makes a speedy recovery and that we'll see him back on the bike soon.