Duncan set for return

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Palmerston’s Courtney Duncan will be getting back on her bike in the near future following her crash at the Amateur National Motorcross Championships in Tennessee in August.

The 17-year-old Yamaha rider made an immediate impact at the ultimate level of women’s motocross in the United States, dominating at the US National Championships.

The starlet swept both her races in her WMX (Women’s Motocross Championships) debut at the Hangtown Motocross Classic, the opening round of the US motocross nationals in Sacremento, California.

Duncan beat Japan’s Saya Kaneshiro, who finished second overall with a 2-3 score, and Texas native Taylor Higgins, who rounded the overall podium.

Unfortunately the youngster’s fortune took a turn for the worst in a training accident.

“I broke my wrist in a training accident and that meant I had to skip round two,” she said.

” It was also only just over two weeks away until the next big event for me, the Loretta Lynn’s amateur national regional qualifiers, so I had surgery and a metal plate inserted and managed to get to the start line.

“I won both my races there, even though I still wasn’t 100 percent.”

Despite the heroics, the teenager’s US campaign took another turn for the worst, whilst storming into the first turn in her first women’s class race at the Amateur National Motocross Championship in Tennessee.

Another rider’s clothing snagged on her front brake lever, locking her wheel, catapulting the rider head-first into the ground before being run over by several riders.

Despite suffering concussion, Duncan managed to remount and claw her way forward from 42nd place to finish the race seventh, but that was the end of her big American adventure.

Duncan is taking some time out after her concussion and intends to begin her next quest along that road early next year. Whether she will return to the United States or try her hand in Europe remains undecided.

“I’m still recovering from the knock to the head and I’m not quite ready to be back on a bike yet but I definitely will be soon.”

By James Ford