Matti Lehikoinen breaks his back

Finnish downhill rider fractures three vertebrae


Just weeks after finishing sixth in the world championships in Fort Bill, Team G Cross Honda rider Matti Lehikoinen has been involved in an accident while training in Helsinki. Scans have confirmed three fractured vertebrae.


The good news is that Matti has movement in all limbs, and chances of a full recovery appear to be high. Director of the Team G Cross Honda Team, Martin Whiteley, said: “I spoke to Matti for 10 minutes this morning. He’s in a lot of pain, but he is remaining completely positive. He told me that he went to go off a very small drop off, about a meter high, on his home trails when something caught his rear wheel just as his front wheel left the drop off. The bike pitched suddenly forward and threw him over the handlebars onto his back. He knew immediately that he had suffered a severe injury, and remained still as his mate called for the ambulance. Right now all we can do is wait for more information from the medical experts, and support Matti, and his family who have been very shocked by this news.”


Everyone at BikeRadar wishes him all the best for a full and speedy recovery.