Date: Mon 16 Oct 2017

Harvey secures first ever European Pro title

It was a weekend of mixed emotions for British sensation Joe Harvey as his season ended in dramatic fashion.

Harvey started the Euro Tour with three wins from three in Normandy

Harvey started the Euro Tour with three wins from three in Normandy

Harvey, who came into the weekend with the UK championship under his belt, knew he only had to finish one race from three to be crowned champion from Frenchman Jordan Lambert, and the Brit did just with a third place finish in race one, despite a penalty for missing a buoy.

He was also down the field for race two but was looking to end the season on a high with a race victory, setting a blistering lap on lap two of race three before disaster struck.

Whilst going after the leader Dave Huddlestone, Harvey landed heavy on a wave and the force shattered his leg – leaving him in need of an operation on Sunday night and the potential of another at the beginning of the week.

Two wins from two in Milford Haven put him on the brink of Championship victory

Two wins from two in Milford Haven put him on the brink of Championship victory

It was a serious dampener on what has been an incredible season for the Wolverhampton-born racer, backing up his victory in the International Cup in Florida at the back end of last year by winning the majority of races on UK and European waters this season.

What is perhaps the biggest blow for Harvey is that he will now miss an eagerly anticipated battle with the likes of Chris MacClugage, Eric Francis and Brian Baldwin when the inaugural AquaX World Championships take place in Key West in December.

However, whilst Harvey will no doubt be missed in the Florida Keys, there is no taking away from what an incredible year of progression it has been for the Kawasaki rider. Once his leg heals there is little doubt that he will come back with even more hunger to retain his titles and take on the best in the world later in the year.

Get well soon, champ!

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