RIDING ON: Neil Collard took on the Queensland 2 Day Series earlier this month.Photo Contributed
RIDING ON: Neil Collard took on the Queensland 2 Day Series earlier this month.Photo Contributed Troy Pears

Neil back on bike after ACL operation

ENDURANCE rider Neil Collard is determined to race away from his injury-plagued 2015 season and get off to a strong start in the Australian Off Road Championship.

Neil rode the entire championship last year with a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his knee, which he tore on a practice run around this time last year.

It has since been operated on to allow Neil to step up his training ahead of the first round of the AORC at Kilkivan next month.

"I've actually been putting in a lot of training," Neil said.

"I run 8km a day."

Near full recovery, Neil tested his knee at the Queensland Two-day series in Beaudesert on February 13-14.

"The track got real rough but it was good," he said.

"My knee doesn't hurt that much."

Neil finished 16th in the under-19 pro-class and 17th outright against 108 riders, outside of his targeted top 10 but a step in the right direction.

After he finished sixth in the AORC last year, Neil said he was confident he could better his result in 2016.

"I just want to get a good position, top five at least," he said.

The first round of the AORC will be held at Kilkivan on March 19-20.

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