High Performance Team – Hawkstone 2015Posted on February 10th, 2015
Hawkstone Park is a motocross track that is steeped in moto history, a formidable track with an iconic feature ‘The Hill’. This year the HPT was lucky enough to be able to attend the event providing sports physio to the huge field of riders, many of whom travelling from Europe and even some from Iceland to challenge themselves. The HPT provided the sports physio for all the Maxxis British MX races in 2014, so it was a natural extension of that for us to cover the Hawkstone International MX as the first event of the 2015 calendar.
The day got off to a 5am start and also to the sad news that British MX1 rider Elliot Banks Browne had suffered a broken leg the night before. As a rider we know well and have worked with, its a stark reminder of how harsh MX can be. I picked up physio John Callaghan from the local train station to me before heading off to collect the other physio laura as she lives ‘sort of’ on the way. Arriving at Hawkstone we were ushered in by the excellent staff and towards the spot reserved for us – and what a fantastic spot! This was probably one of the prime retail spots, and the event organisers had very kindly reserved it for us so we were front and centre for easy access for all the riders. I’d packed the Vito the day before with all the kit we’d need for the event, and it’s an extensive list of equipment to run a small sports physio clinic at an event like this. We’ve got the unloading process and putting up the shelter down to a fine tee, and it took no time at all with 3 of us to get the whole thing up and running in 30 mins.
Whilst the weather was extremely cold with an unhelpful layer of mist around the track which would challenge the riders – the track looked absolutely incredible. The staff had done and amazing job of prepping what is a world class venue for the riders in extremely challenging weather conditions. With the mobile clinic up and running, it was great to see so many faces form the 2014 season, riders, managers, friends and families all came to say hello and how great it was we were there to help the riders. With such a packed riding schedule, the riders did not have the time in between races they would normally have. This meant we’d only likely see riders who really need to see us for injury advice, strapping and taping.
Toughsheet Honda rider Ashley Wilde was one of the first in the tent to get his shoulder strapped and prepped for the day by John. Ashley had a small crash the week before and had been getting some treatment at Wilmslow, he just wanted to make sure he’d be ok for the race. Whilst Ash was being strapped up, I managed to get some media done by being interviewed for TV about why we were there and what work we did with the riders. As the day progressed more and more riders came in needing help with small bumps, bruises and knocks they’d taken in crashes. Laura and John did a brilliant job of getting the riders ready for the next race, putting minds at ease about any potential injuries. It was a broad mix of nationalities with Dutch, Belgian, Icelandic as well as British riders all coming through the tent – with everyone commenting on what a valuable service this was to the riders. Working these events and with these athletes is a huge challenge in that environment, and not everyone can do it or be equipped to do it effectively. Luckily we have the expertise and resources to provide an elite service to everyone onsite. It was great to get all the mobile event kit out and get the season started at such a prestigous event.
Despite arriving onsite at 7.30am, it was soon 4pm and the last race of the day was underway and it was time for us to go home. Everything was packed away, and once a final sweep of our area for litter and to make sure nothing was left behind (I always panic about leaving a GameReady sat in a field as we drive off). Ash Wilde had a great result for his first race of the season on his Toughsheet Honda with 7th overall for day.
Next on the agenda is Maxxis British at Hilton Park on 15th March – looking forward to seeing the riders & teams!
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