Still in pain from the wrist problems which forced him to miss the MXGP of Italy last weekend Mitch Evans will not travel to Matterley Basin as he continues to recover from the effects of this old injury. It’s a tough end-of-season for the likeable Australian rider, who put in a lot of effort earlier this season to develop the new Kawasaki alongside his teammate Romain Febvre. After missing the first four rounds of the series due to a broken thumb sustained during winter training Mitch progressed throughout the season with several top-ten results since the German GP in June but in recent weeks he felt more-and-more affected by the wrist injury and had been forced to stop training on the bike. As a result he was also forced to decline his pre-selection for the Australian team at the upcoming Motocross of Nations, an event where his teammate Romain Febvre will lead Team France.
Mitch Evans: "It's a real shame to miss the final race of the season and my last race with the team; however it is time to take the right steps to heal correctly. I would like to thank Kawasaki and the team for their understanding and patience and for always believing in me this year. Unfortunately we weren’t able to achieve the results we both deserved, but I thoroughly enjoyed my time working with such professionals. I want to wish the team and Romain the best of luck for Matterley and the Motocross of Nations."
Antti Pyrhönen (KRT team manager): “It’s very unfortunate that Mitch misses the last two GPs of the season, especially as he had been showing good speed on the KX450-SR recently. We did lots of testing together, and both the work-rate and our goals were high but, as we know in our sport, sometimes things don't always go as planned. On behalf of KRT I wish Mitch a successful recovery; keep the smile and ethic high as you have done throughout our time together and special thanks for the development work you have done and the spirit you brought to our Green team.”