Thomas Kjer Olsen laments loss of final MX2 title chance
A training crash five days before the first of three MXGPs in Latvia proved costly for Rockstar Energy Husqvarna MX2 rider Thomas Kjer Olsen. The 23-year old was rightly hailed as the 2020 MX2 title favourite after top-three championship finishes in all three of his previous Grand Prix seasons but he travelled to Kegums with his second injury of the year: a fractured shoulder that limited his speed and possibilities. A fall in the second event in Latvia forced a DNF and withdrawal from the last Grand Prix, all but scrubbing his dreams of departing the MX2 division with the gold plate.
“It is a bit rough at the moment,” he admitted. “I was trying to do my best with this shoulder injury and the first moto on Wednesday was really positive, where I finished 5th riding through a lot of pain. I don’t want to cry too much about it but it’s difficult when I have been doing all the work and I’m in great shape also: I know what I need to do but I’m just not able to do it.”
After five rounds Olsen is 11th in the MX2 standings and almost 130 points behind leader Tom Vialle. The Dane had to cope with a pre-season wrist problem and then the shoulder setback which means the consistent and high-performing rider has yet to notch a top-three result in 2020. It’s the hardest and most challenging term of Olsen’s career and especially galling when 2020 represented his final chance to snare the MX2 crown.
“It is really hard to accept but that’s how it is in motocross and I am not the first to go through it,” he says. “I spent three years with no injuries and that was a blessing. This is coming at a bad time…but I have to accept it and maybe set some new goals and look forward.”
Part of that forward direction will soon be public confirmation of his MXGP contract for 2021 and beyond. Olsen is heavily rumoured to be staying in Husqvarna and will step into the Rockstar Energy IceOne team alongside 22-year old Arminas Jasikonis.
Words: Adam Wheeler
Pic: Shot by Bavo