Friday, February 4


In the latest episode in the up-and-down career of Kiwi MX international Ben Townley, the former World MX2 and US East Coast SX champion has broken his jaw in a training crash and postponed his return to Europe for this year's MX1 World Championship.

Townley broke his jaw in a training crash here in New Zealand last Sunday and underwent surgery yesterday. The operation was a success but BT will have to rest for a couple of weeks before returning to Europe.

Explaining what happened he said;

“I was completing my last 30 minutes moto for the day when I got cross rutted on one of the jumps and went down hard, hitting my jaw on the crossbar of the handlebars. On the positive side it was a clean break and doctors have gone in through the inside of my cheek and put a plate in. It’s going to be a bit awkward for the next few days but I’ve been through so much in the last few years I’m sure I’ll get over this one pretty quickly."

Fortunately time is on Townley's side with the opening round of the FIM MX1 World championship in Sevlievo (Bulgaria) on April 10th.