Cyril Despres retires from the 2011 Australian Safari after hit a metal fence post with his foot.
I was riding down a fence line at quite a low speed, maybe 40 kph, when I hit a metal fence post with my left boot. Unfortunately it stuck the leather just between the two plastic buckles and pieced the boot, the inner boot and my skin. Straightaway my foot began to swell and my immediate concern was that, 3 months from the Dakar, I was going to be stuck with a broken foot. I rode to the nearby assistance point and from there went with the team car to the local hospital. To my huge relief an x-ray showed that finally nothing was broken and that the swelling was due to broken flood vessels.
I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of rallies I haven’t completed, so obviously I am disappointed not to have made it to the final finish line here, especially as I was so well looked after by Don McGrath and all the guys from KTM Australia. It is my first visit to this vast continent and I was impressed by the welcome of these straightforward people, the competitiveness of their riders and the sheer speed of a rally unlike any other. My last competitive outing before next January, now it is directly back to Presport in Perpignan in the south of France for some additional examinations to get the all clear before starting my 2012 Dakar training schedule.