Jamie Dobb will this week learn the extent of the repercussions of an injury to his left shoulder which was dislocated in a horror crash at the start of the Motocross GP of Lierop, round nine of the FIM World Championships.

The 31-year-old was holding third position when he was spat over the top of his factory 450 KTM near the end of the second lap. Landing head first into the rough sand Dobb lay motionless among a bevy of yellow flags for several laps in what was a haunting replica of the crash that caused such serious injury to his team-mate Pit Beirer at the Grand Prix of Bulgaria several months ago.

Taken by ambulance to nearby Geldrop hospital the Brit was sedated as the medics realigned his left shoulder and upon further checks was given the news that he would not require surgery. The 2001 125cc World Champion will now undergo further examination on the limb over the next week.

"I can't quite believe my luck," sighed Dobb. "My start was probably the best of the year and I was pushing hard but then had the same problem as through practice yesterday in terms of the handling of the bike on the jumps.

"I ended up flying over the bars and hitting the ground hard with my upper-body and did not really know where I was for a while. Now I am in a lot of pain. They had to put the shoulder back in place at the hospital but luckily I will not need an operation. I will have to wait and see what happens now and how quickly I can recover," he added.

The race was won for the sixth consecutive occasion by Stefan Everts, with Joel Smets second and Josh Coppins third.

Mickael Pichon, Marnicq Bervoets, Gordon Crockard and even Coppins himself at one stage also hit the deep Dutch sand. Pichon in particular was very lucky not to be hit by his machine in what was an accident every similar to Dobb's.



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