KINGAROY motocross rider Joel Evans suffered a major crash on Sunday in round four of Australian MX Nationals at Murray Bridge, South Australia.
In the qualifying round Joel lost control after he came up short on a series of jumps which flung his bike into his back, shattering his C5 vertebrae.
Still conscious after the crash, he was put into an induced coma and transported to the Royal Adelaide Hospital intensive care unit.
Family friend Ricky Collard said he was shocked by the news, as he prepared to take off with his son Neil Collard to also race in South Australia.
"I've known Rodney Evans for years and I've been watching young Joel's career for about 10 years," he said.
"He's a nice young fella.
"It brings it home to us (the dangers) because we're going to Adelaide to race."
Hundreds of supportive comments were posted onto the Facebook page Pray for Joel Evans #81.
Michael Gogler, who was the first person to attend Joel after the crash, posted:
"I have been hoping Joel would be ok since yesterday. I was the first to get to him after his fall. I made sure he was breathing ok & told him not to move as the paramedics were coming. He was well looked after by the Paramedics. I wish Joel all the best in his recovery."
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