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Mitch Evans looking to build as he returns from injury at Latvian GP

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Mitch Evans was hampered in his return by first turn crashes but came through unscathed and is looking to build going forward.
HRC Honda's Mitch Evans has made a steady return to FIM World Championship racing with the resumption of the season after a five month lay off due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic that halted racing throughout the world

After missing the last round of the season through injury, Evans was thankful to back in action this weekend, as he continues his recovery from the shoulder injury sustained at Valkenswaard.

After qualifying 14th the Australian was unlucky to be involved in two first turn crashes which gave him no chance of battling near the front of this competitive MXGP field. Instead he had to work his way through the pack, managing to score points in both races with 19th and 18th and showing everyone that he is on the right road to the sort of form that saw him finish third in the first moto of the season. Evans was classed 19th for the round and now sits 13th in the overall standings.
In his return to racing Evans carded a 19th and 18th for 19th overall.
"It‰Ûªs good to be back racing and it‰Ûªs good to back at the GPs with everyone, even though there is a few restrictions. I‰Ûªm just glad to be here racing really because the surgeon told me when I first had my operation that I would be out for six months so to be on the line in four months, I‰Ûªm pretty happy with it," Evans said.

"Unfortunately I got caught up in the first turn pile ups in both motos, and fought my way back to 19th and 18th so it wasn‰Ûªt great but I‰Ûªm treating it as a building process and I need to regroup for Wednesday and work on my starts in order to make my life a bit easier. Still, the first race is done and I‰Ûªm sure I‰Ûªll feel better and better as the season progresses."

With the next round on Wednesday, the riders don‰Ûªt have much time to prepare themselves again, but both are confident that they can ride even better when they return on August 12th in what should be another hot day at the sandy circuit. Evans will be hoping to show more improvement but both are excited to finally be back racing the world motocross championship once again.

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