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David Knight out of 2012 ISDE

06:48 12th September 2012 by Ray Chuss - Editor Online @chussy
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David Knight out of 2012 ISDE

Due to ongoing problems following his crash on day one of the Enduro World
Championship’s GP of Finland on September 1 David Knight has been forced to
withdraw from this year’s International Six Days Enduro, where he was due to
represent the Great Britain World Trophy team.

Acting on the advice of doctors, David, who spent one night in hospital as a
precautionary measure following his fall on the enduro test in Finland, has been
forced to take the difficult decision not to race. Undergoing further blood tests
in Manchester, England on his arrival back in the UK it was found that David has
issues with a low red blood cell count, resulting in a lack of oxygen in his blood.

With more tests scheduled during the coming days, needed in order to identify
the exact reason for the problems, David has been advised to keep away from
competition until the cause of the problem is identified, and suitable treatment
issued.

David Knight: “I’m absolutely gutted about this, it’s such a disappointment.
Everything is ready to go for the six days and now I’m unable to compete. The
ISDE is an event I love, and one in which I’ve enjoyed a great deal of success. I
was really looking forward to competing in Germany with the British team, and
with conditions likely to be to my liking I was focused on a really strong result.
It’s going to be tough staying at home when I know I should be racing.

“But feeling like I do, and with the doctors not knowing why I have so little
oxygen in my blood, there’s no option but to rest. My goal now is to work on
getting fit and healthy. Once we’ve got to the bottom of the problem I hope
that it will only take four or five weeks to turn things around. There’re only
a few races left before the end of the season and I want to be at my best for
those.”

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