Neck Injury Puts Pourcel Out For Remainder of 2016 Nationals
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Christophe Pourcel suffered a season ending injury at the Washougal National last week when he went down hard over a fast jump. According to Husqvarna, Pourcel has suffered a “non-displaced fracture of the vertebral facet in the C-6 vertebrae of his neck.” Fortunately, the injury will not require surgery, but Pourcel will not be able to ride his Husqvarna FC 450 for up to eight weeks.
Pourcel joins teammate Jason Anderson on the disabled list. However, Husqvarna anticipates that Anderson will return for the Budds Creek and Ironman Nationals, the final two rounds of the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross series.
This is the third major injury Pourcel has suffered this year. A neck injury (C3 vertebrae crack) in a practice crash forced Pourcel to miss three rounds in the middle of the 2016 Monster Energy AMA Supercross season, and a second practice crash, resulting in internal bruising, put Pourcel out for the final three Supercross rounds.
Pourcel, 27, has had an injury plagued career. In 2007, Pourcel suffered a catastrophic crash in Ireland that left him partially paralyzed. Despite the injuries, Pourcel has a 2006 MX2 World Championship to his credit, along with AMA Supercross 250SX East titles in 2009 and 2010.
Photography by Simon Cudby
2016 Christophe Pourcel Gallery