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Despite Major Surgery Australian Rider Pushes through Pain in Italian Grand Prix Race

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Australian Jason Crump battled through his pain in the World Speedway Grand Prix at Terenzano, Italy. The World Championship leader was still not fully recovered from major surgery and skin grafts earlier this month.

Aussie Jason Crump battles through the pain barrier at the World Speedway Grand Prix in Terenzano, Italy. Crump had skin graft surgery a few weeks before the race.
Aussie Jason Crump battles through the pain barrier at the World Speedway Grand Prix in Terenzano, Italy. Crump had skin graft surgery a few weeks before the race.
“Jason bravely struggled in Italy in the penultimate round of this year’s 11-leg series,” said Roy Stone, Media Relations Manager. “He added four points to his overall tally.”
Jason Crump leads by 17 points as riders head into the final round of the 2009 World Speedway Championship Grand Prix at Bydgoszcz, Poland
Jason Crump leads by 17 points as riders head into the final round of the 2009 World Speedway Championship Grand Prix at Bydgoszcz, Poland

Australian Jason Crump relies on K&N filters to keep the dirt out of his engines in the chase for the World Speedway Grand Prix Championship title
Australian Jason Crump relies on K&N filters to keep the dirt out of his engines in the chase for the World Speedway Grand Prix Championship title

Crump managed only two laps in the Friday practice. “He did not have full strength in his left arm and retired in pain,” said Stone. “He knew the race ahead of him would be difficult.”

Poland’s Tomasz Gollob began the race in third place overall. He won the semi-final and was victorious in the final. Gollob is now only 17 points behind Crump. The final round of the World Series Grand Prix will be at Gollob’s home track in three weeks.

“The doctors cleared me to ride in Italy but the pain was so intense and the lack of strength made it almost impossible to compete,” said Crump. “But those four points could end up being the difference at the end.”

It has come down to the final round to determine the 2009 World Champion. Three riders can take the title, Jason Crump, Tomasz Gollob and Russian Emil Sayfutdinov. Crump said he will not give up his lead easily.

“I will be receiving daily treatment at the hospital in Northampton and working out in the gym each day in the hopes that I will be recovered in time,” said Crump. “Winning a third World Championship is my ultimate goal right now. I am so close yet so far away.”

The 2009 World Championship Grand Prix top three Points Standings are:

Jason Crump 150 points
Tomasz Gollob 133 points
Emil Sayfutdinov 131

“Naturally I will be giving it everything I have,” said Crump. “I will also be racing with K&N products. In my sport filtration is the most important thing for reliability. Reliability wins me races and World Championships and that is why I rely on K&N filters. I race on the dirt and keeping the dirt out of the engine is critical. At the same time K&N lets my engines breathe for maximum performance on the track every time.”

The final round of the 2009 World Speedway Grand Prix World Championship takes place at Bydgoszcz in Poland on Saturday, October 17.

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