Motocross rider dead after injury

IN A cruel twist of fate, a motocross rider who risked his life on a regular basis for more than a decade, died suddenly on a quiet Sunday morning at a Kingaroy campsite a month after a bad crash.

Mark Kuhnell was on strict doctors orders not to race on the third stop of Queensland's National Thunder X Motocross Series at Kingaroy because of his crash at Mundubbera the previous month, in which he suffered bleeding on the brain and spent 17 days in hospital.

The Tweed-based 32-year-old followed instructions and attended Kingaroy as a pit mechanic and spectator.

But he was in more danger than anybody realised and died not racing, but sitting by his bed when he was thought to be over the most dangerous part of his injury.

Mr Kuhnell is survived by his wife, Leah, and his daughter Maddison, 2.

 



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