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NZ motocross rider in photographer clash

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 8/05/2016

Courtney Duncan, right, crashed into a photographer © Facebook/Courtney Duncan Courtney Duncan, right, crashed into a photographer Otago rider Courtney Duncan has lost her lead in the women's motocross world championship after suffering injuries when she crashed into a photographer in Germany.

Duncan was leading the first race of the third-round event in Teuschenthal on a Yamaha when the incident occurred.

The 20-year-old recovered to finish ninth but her coach Josh Coppins pulled her out of the second race to have two unspecified injuries assessed.

Both races were won by French Kawasaki rival Livia Lancelot of France, who claims the lead from Duncan in the nine-leg series.

Coppins, a former men's motocross world championship rider, was disappointed following the incident.

"I can only think this was a bad mistake from the photographer. Needless to say, Courtney is devastated," Coppins said on his Facebook page.

He was awaiting scan results on Duncan, who had won three of the championship's first four races, in Qatar and the Netherlands.

She had planned to remain in Europe to prepare for the next two events in France and Italy, both in June.

That schedule will be assessed following the outcome of scans.

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