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12 September 2023

Mitch Evans forced to miss the MXGP of Italy

Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP and Mitch Evans have decided mutually for the rider to skip the next round of the FIM MXGP Motocross World Championship as the Australian is suffering from a wrist injury.

The MXGP of Turkey last week was a tough one for Mitch; he was riding in pain in both motos as irritation to an old wrist injury caused more-and-more discomfort until the point that he could no longer display his usual speed but he persevered to score championship points with a twelfth and a sixteenth position. Back in Belgium the factory rider visited a specialist and underwent dedicated treatment to recover as soon as possible, but he is still unable to train on the bike and riding would only delay the healing process. With the GP of Italy scheduled for next weekend both team and rider prefer to give the injury time to heal fully; a decision will be taken later concerning the final MXGP of the season in Great Britain.
Antti Pyrhonen: “We are working closely with Mitch to find the best way for him to recover to 100%. For sure it’s a tough decision to withdraw Mitch from Italy but we’re convinced that it is the right one; then we will see when is the best time to be back racing. We thank Mitch for his professional attitude and for taking the right choice in terms of his fitness and ability to compete at the highest level.”