Rider in high spirits despite crash

2013-05-27 00:00

CROWDS at the Royal Show gasped in horror as bike rider Mike Oyston (19) crashed during a freestyle demonstration on Saturday.

The teen shattered his right leg after a miscalculation on a jump.

Oyston was one of four young extreme athletes from Johannesburg-based Jungle Rush FMX entertaining throngs with daring stunts. Team owner and manager, Lyle Goldman, said it was a very unfortunate accident.

“This is the nature of our business. It’s an extreme and dangerous sport and the slightest error could spell disaster. We only got one chance to practice the show, on Thursday, and the set-up was slightly different for the performance,” Goldman told The Witness.

The show pulled a big crowd and the team was disappointed they couldn’t give them a better performance. Goldman said: “The team was pretty shook up after Mike’s crash. It’s only natural to be concerned about riding after something like this happens, but Mike is in high spirits after his surgery and the team is in a good mood. He had a standard op for this injury and all went well.”

However, Oyston’s injuries will not stop him from riding. He has been riding freestyle for three years. He moved straight from the amateur class to the pro class where he is working through the ranks.“You can’t stop a good rider; Mike will be riding again in the next two months and will be performing again in about a year or two.”

Despite the crash, the rest of the team are all geared up and ready to perform again on June 1. The show will be taken up a notch when two of the country’s best professional car drifters will perform stunts alongside the FMX riders.

“The rest of the riders will continue with the show. With an extreme sport like this, you can never be 100% sure when it comes to safety. I have seen accidents like Mike’s in the past, and I am sure I will see them in the future.

“All we can do is hope for the best and give the best possible show we can,” said Goldman.

• annzra.naidoo@witness.co.za

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