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Currie recovering from broken back after MX accident

Ben Currie’s WorldSSP debut faced a major setback during preseason after the Pucetti Kawasaki rider fractured his back in training.

Having initially kept the incident out of the limelight, Currie took to social media to update fans on his condition. An early February motocross accident, having left the Australian with a fractured L1 vertebrae and separation in his spine requiring surgery to stabilise.

Further complications hampered his progress in the early stages but Currie is back in rehabilitation and training hard for the opening round of the WorldSBK Championship at MotorLand Aragon on April 10th.


“On the 16th of February I had a training accident out in Spain on my MX bike that resulted in some sever injuries,” currie admitted. “I unfortunately fractured L1 vertebrae and had a separation in my spine. I was rushed to Barcelona hospital in an unstable condition, with high concerns in regard to the safety of my spinal cord. However, luckily enough I had full feeling in my lower limbs.

“The following Tuesday I received surgery by a really experienced team to stabilise the fracture. Everything went 100 per cent to plan and the surgical team were really happy with the results and I was told I could start moving as of the next day.

“Unfortunately, things didn’t quite go as smoothly from there, as when the ward staff tried to get me to my feet I was too weak and exhausted and became very faint and sick. This was the result of sever anaemia and low oxygen levels in my blood, from losing too much blood during surgery. Which meant on top of everything, I needed a blood transfusion. Thankfully after the blood transfusion and two IV drips of iron, the next day I was able to get to my feet and start building my strength back slowly.

“Since then, things have been looking up and I’m building my fitness back step by step. I’m super motivated to be fit enough for the start of the season in Aragon on 8th-10th of April however I can’t say for sure if that will actually happen, but it won’t be from a lack of trying.”

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