MOTOCROSS: Bike queen Catherine unruffled by injury
Urchfont teenager Catherine King (above and right) celebrates her podium finish at the BSMA (British Schoolboy Motorcycle Association) Girls National event, which she achieved despite recently severing the tip of one of her fingers
TEENAGE motocross rider Catherine King insists her passion for the sport is as strong as ever, despite losing the tip of one of her fingers at a competition last month.
The 18-year-old, from Urchfont, came off her bike during round six of the Scott Nationals series at the famous Farleigh Castle track, near Farleigh Hungerford, on August 10, severing the end of the middle finger on her left hand.
But King, who rides for Devizes Motocross Club, shrugged off her gruesome injury to win the AMCA (Amateur Motorcycle Association) North Avon/South Glos & South West MX2 championship three weeks later.
She then secured a third-placed finish (238 points) in the senior category at the BSMA (British Schoolboy Motorcycle Association) Girls National at Upton Court, Worcestershire.
The Wiltshire rider’s younger sister Millie, 13, was also eighth in the big wheel 85 class and King is determined not to let her freak injury hold her back.
“You hear about people losing their fingers by trapping them in doors all the time so there’s no point worrying about it,” said the Urchfont teenager, who is sponsored by Mike Wood Tyres, Planks farm shop, Christopher Robin and Retrogravity clothing.
“I was doing well in the race and managed to holeshot (lead going in to) the first corner but I crashed later on and my finger must have got caught underneath the clutch.
“I finished the race and didn’t know what I’d done until I saw all of the blood.
“My dad (Charlie) was panicking but I didn’t start until the paramedics were cleaning it up.
“The next day, I had an email from a fellow rider, telling me that a seven-year-old boy had found my finger in the glove on the track.
“I got told that I’m quite lucky and it might grow back, but the nail might not sit properly.
“My sister did ask me if I was worried about riding again but it’s just one of those things and there’s no point crying about it.
“I was really pleased to come third at the Girls National and I want to try and qualify for the expert class next season.”
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