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33 minutes ago, nigel dabster said:

err is not breaking your back serious?

Was thinking the same myself. Nearly as bad as stubbing your toe:P:mellow:

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1 hour ago, nigel dabster said:

err is not breaking your back serious?

I never said it wasn't? Though it has obviously affected his riding it wasn't debilitating enough to end his career this time. 

I broke my back in a car accident when I was just 17, I was left paralysed for just short of 6 months. Luckily I made a full recovery and (touch wood) it has had no lasting debilitating effects. Maybe when I'm older (from what the doctor told me) I may suffer with problems around where the break happened. 

Bou has recovered and yes it will affect his confidence and probably made him realize that he is not invincible. 

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I think trials is such a confidence thing that anything that effects this has an adverse effect that is very hard to measure. His injury will have effected his physical and mental training this year and the injury must be in the back of his mind.

I'm sure some of the things we see him do on video etc is as much confidence building as it is practice. I also think it is physiological towards the other riders - when they get to master what he was doing last year he has a new trick to show off. Knowing Toni is a little on the back foot is also likely to increase the motivation/confidence of the other riders as well making it a bit of a double whammy  

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I will speculate that because of the type of person Toni is he will push through and start winning again soon and it will be behind him faster than it seems.

Yes it has affected him, yes this will cause the others to try harder, and it will be a bit more up hill than in the past but with how he is riding I am not convinced he is done just yet. 

My 2 cents.   

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