Australian National Mountain Cross Champion, Wade Bootes, 32 was released from Rotorua hospital today after doctors kept him in overnight after crashing during the warm up for qualifying on Wednesday.
Although Bootes has a break in his right collarbone he can still move his arm. Its the hardest Ive ever hit my head, said Bootes. I was practicing for the qualifying rounds and came up short in one of the jumps. Because its a downhill course it is a long way down, explained Bootes.
Bootes was expected to race in America in the Jeep King of the Mountain race and the BMX Supercross over the upcoming weeks. Basically its made me have a forced break, he added. Doctors will recheck Bootes neck injury on his return to Australia to see if it is a result of this incident or an old injury.
The racing accidents have forced last year's Silver Medallist, Katrina Miller, also from the Gold Coast to withdraw from the Mountain Cross event which she was intending to be her final World Championships.