Maxxis ACU British MX1 Motocross Championship leader Jake Nicholls broke his tibia and fibula in a freak accident at Sunday’s final round of the Eastern MX series at Blaxhall.

The 28-year-old Buildbase Honda rider sustained the season-ending injury when he twisted his foot in a rut during the morning practice session. He underwent surgery this morning.

With the final round of the championship scheduled for Lyng on October 14, Nicholls holds a 39-point lead over Evgeny Bobryshev and with a potential 50 points available the Russian can still catch him.

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“I’m devastated for Jake, Rob, Ryan and the whole team,” said Buildbase Honda team boss Dave Thorpe.

“When something like this happens it’s never easy to take but when it happens with one round to go with Jake in the position he’s in it’s even harder to deal with.

“Unfortunately, it’s racing. We all know what’s at stake every time we put our leg over the bike and Jake’s been extremely unlucky.

“Bobby’s still got to do a lot to win but our main thoughts at the moment are just about Jake and his recovery.”

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