LOCAL off-road motorbike racer Mitch Harper is set to make a return to competition 14 months after sustaining life threatening injuries after a training crash in December 2013.
Harper will ride in the first round of the Australian Enduro-X Nationals in Brisbane this weekend after securing a ride with the Motul Pirelli Sherco Enduro team.
The event will be his first since the Wildwood Rock Extreme in November 2013, where he captured third place and finished as the best placed Australian rider.
The 23-year-old Bright resident is coming off a horror run of injuries. Before the Wildwood event he was out for six months after breaking his back in April 2013, following a crash in Sweden while practicing for a round of the World Enduro Championships.
But his training accident in December 2013, was much worse, sustaining four broken ribs, two collapsed lungs, a bruised heart, kidney, and spleen, lacerated liver and numerous broken vertebrae.
The injuries put him out of action for almost 12 months and left him considering his future in the sport.