Nine motocross riders flown to hospital
Motocross riders pushed themselves "to the max" at the annual Michael Godfrey Memorial Motocross this weekend, with nine riders having to be flown to Christchurch Hospital with injuries.
The 29th Michael Godfrey memorial event was held on Saturday and yesterday at Omihi, attracting 300 riders from around the country.
Nine riders had to be taken to Christchurch Hospital by the Westpac rescue helicopter.
All were treated for moderate injuries, ranging from concussion to limb fractures.
Race director Graeme Allan said it was ''an amazing weekend''.
''We had an incredibly strong depth of talent there. It's just the strongest team we've ever had.''
He said the number of injuries was not surprising given it was a ''national-calibre event''.
''There's just that real high intensity ... people wanting to succeed at this event. It's got a lot of prestige. People push themselves to the max,'' he said.