Tuhoto Ariki Pene In Hospital with Broken Ribs & Punctured Lung After Crash at Portugal Cup DH

Mar 9, 2022 at 11:13
by Sarah Moore  

Tuhoto Ariki Pene's 2022 season with MS Mondraker is off to an unfortunate start as the Kiwi has announced on social media that he's spent the past three days in the hospital with broken ribs and a punctured lung. Ariki Pene crashed during his last practice run before seeding started at round one of the Portugal Cup when his front tire hit a rock inside the rut and flipped him off this little drop onto his chest.

Ariki Pene rolled out and thought he was okay, but as he kept riding he knew something wasn't right and headed to the hospital. He doesn't yet know how long recovery will be at this time.

bigquotesUnfortunately the start of my trip has taken a massive turn!!

I’ve been in hospital for the last 3 days with a few broken ribs and Punctured lung

Never good but it’s apart of what I do haha, so can’t complain. And a big thanks to @ollym1 for stay with me until I was settled!

And the @msmondrakerteam for putting a real big positive vibe going into this season, I think it’s an amazing team, good crew and she will be fun alright. Look forward to it.
Tuhoto Ariki

Ariki Pene said that being signed to a factory team and being teammates with Brook Macdonald has been a dream come true and we hope that he'll be fully healed and back in the start gate before too long.


  • 44 0
 Gutted for him as was really looking forward to seeing him race this year - such an amazing talent - get well soon and the positive side of things is that having the backing of a factory team will mean he is looked after.....kia kaha
  • 9 0
 Dang! That sucks. Hope he gets recovered early enough this season to show what he's got. One of the most exciting racers last season - seemed to be right there in several races with the big dogs!
  • 8 0
 Kia kaha Tuhoto!!!
  • 7 0
 Healing Vibes!!
  • 6 1
 Heal well bro. Maketu full of Omicron at the moment so not too much fun here either haha. Go hard as soon as you are able
  • 4 1
 Gta wonder if wcdh should rock those inflatable vests the wc ski folks rock...
  • 1 0
 @jrocksdh: Not a bad idea, Long track speedway also use them as well others..

Heal up quick aways great to see Kiwis on the world stage..
  • 2 0
 So excited for the team announcement. So bummed for the injury announcement. Heal well dude. Looking forward to seeing you back on the hill.
  • 1 0
 I’ve had this injury twice now. Out for six weeks before going at it with real speed. That’s of course if the head allows it.
  • 2 0
 fuuuuuu that sucks. was so looking forward to watching him compete this year. gutted for him.
  • 1 0
 That drain they put in your side is a "bbbeee-atchh", no hiding from that. But being a fit strong guy, you'll be up and running in no time. Healing vibes
  • 1 0
 I just got out of the hospital from having 3 broken ribs and a punctured lung from a crash too. We're pretty much injury buddies.
  • 1 0
 Heal up soon Tuhoto! Soon you'll be back and ripping faster than ever Big Grin \m/
  • 1 0
 I've been there too. It'll get better soon.
  • 1 0
 Yikes, heel up soon brother!
  • 2 0
 R-Pro Airbag 2.0!
  • 1 0
 I am gutted for you! I hope you heal quickly.
  • 2 2
 Kept riding with a punctured lung, That's where being tough starts to become a problem right there. Healing vibes
  • 1 0
 NOOOOOO, my favorite young gun!!! HEal up strong !!
  • 1 0
 Tough way to start out with a team, but it can only get better.
  • 2 0
 Heal up soon dude.
  • 1 0
 Heal up young shredder
  • 1 0
 Healing Vibes KID Smile
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