Mitch Evans – Back on the bike
MXGP World Championship rookie, Mitch Evans got his season off to a great start at the first round in Matterley Basin just missing out on the podium. Things didn’t go quite as well at round two at Valkenswaard though as Evans dislocated his shoulder but the break in the calendar came at the right time for the HRC Honda rider.
It allowed Evans to go for surgery and he’s now back on the bike with the aim of getting back to racing at Latvia on the 9th of August when MXGP makes its return.
“I’m happy to see the new calendar come out. It looks like it should go ahead finally, at least I’m optimistic that it should be getting back racing soon. The one-day format will be a new thing for the MXGPs, but for me it is just like racing in Australia where we have practice and qualifying in the morning and then two motos in the afternoon, so I should feel at home with it”, Evans stated in a Honda press release.
“At the moment, with my injury, I’ve had one day back on the bike and I did some flat-track riding. I’ll do this for the first month and then see the surgeon at the end of July and then hopefully get the all-clear to start racing after that. Obviously, it’ll mean I’ll only having one week to really get ready on a normal track, to see how my shoulder feels before we go racing in Latvia, so I’m not sure if I’ll be 100% by then, as we’ll have to see how the shoulder keeps progressing. Hopefully it holds up well and feels good when I’m riding and then we’ll make a decision before that weekend. I’ve never had an injury like this, with this much time off the bike so it’s been tough. I’m really happy to be back on the bike though and getting back into normal training and with an exact date in mind, to build towards and see the rest of Team HRC, the fans and the MXGP paddock again”, concluded the Aussie.
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