At the Massanutten Yee Ha! Downhill, Gravity East #1, coming from unknown sources, rumor has it that Trek World Racing new signing Neko Mulally broke his lower arm during a race run. This is going to be tough on Mulally’s bid for the Junior World Cup this year, as well for his Dirt Fantasy League Fans.
During last weekend’s first round of the Gravity East DH Series at Massanutten (USA), an accident in the training run cost Neko Mulally a compound fracture on his arm, 3/4 down of the radius bone to his wrist.
Neko consulted with a specialist in Philadelphia yesterday after the swelling subsided. The Specialist who handles sporting injuries on a regular basis confirmed that Neko’s condition is serious but it could have been worst.
The fracture is approximately 10% off-set and the attending medical team just put his arm in a cast and is confident that he will be fine.
Neko will have to visit the specialist each week to monitor his recovery and to make sure all is well. As per doctors’ advice, the cast will stay on in 4-5 weeks. He may ride with a brace and may be able to compete within 6 weeks. Neko’s plan to race in Maribor or Fort William is out of the picture for now. The team will have to come out with a weekly assesstment of Neko’s progress to have him ready for the Leogang race. They do not want to rush him to racing sooner than his recovery allows.
Neko, in his statement confirms that the accident is a big blow for him as he had his mind set at the World Cup Season. As far as he is concerned, racing at Leogang is more real for him to race. For now it seems that Neko is taking it one week at a time.
Martin Whiteley, Team Owner affirms, “I got the call just as we were going on air for the Freecaster 4X coverage at Houffalize, and of curse we were all very upset for Neko. But it’s not the end of the world, and he needs to stay focused on recovery,” Whiteley is confident that the doctors and his coach are making sure that Neko will be 100% fit and ready when the time comes. “Neko‘s a smart and responsible rider,” says Whiteley, “I have 100% faith in his ability to manage this injury.”