Jake battles on despite injury
At the age of 16 teenage motocross rider Jake Nicholls has suffered more injuries than most riders will have in their lifetime.His left arm has suffered the most, breaking on no fewer than eleven times, while two breaks to his right wrist and a break to his right shoulder bring the broken bones count to a staggering 14.
At the age of 16 teenage motocross rider Jake Nicholls has suffered more injuries than most riders will have in their lifetime.
His left arm has suffered the most, breaking on no fewer than eleven times, while two breaks to his right wrist and a break to his right shoulder bring the broken bones count to a staggering 14.
In all Nicholls has only been able to compete in three out of the last nine seasons, but while many youngsters would have walked away, Nicholls has shown tremendous bravely to not let what has often been bad luck stop him doing what he loves.
He said: “I'm not scared anymore. I know what the risk is but, because I love the sport, I'm willing to do anything for it.
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“I have been through so much and I deserve more than I have had so it makes me more determined.
“Even in small crashes I would fall awkwardly and it always seemed to be bad luck.”
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Nicholls first suffered injury problems at the age of seven, breaking his left arm for the first time at a meeting in Holland.
His worst crash came at the age of 13 when, after being cut up on the first corner, he ended up going through a fence, landing on the middle of the track and being run over.
Nicholls said: “It has been tough and a lot of people might have given up, but I just can't live without it.”
Nicholls has enjoyed a solid 2007, equipping himself well in the step up from junior to adult racing in the British MX2 Motocross Championships.