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Mitch Evans Time With The Kawasaki Racing Team To Conclude On The Sidelines

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Motocross rider Mitch Evans at the MXGP of Portugal.
Mitch Evans will leave Kawasaki after an injury-plagued season.

Mitch Evans will unfortunately miss the final round of the FIM MXGP Motocross World Championship in the UK on 23/24 September.

Still in pain from the wrist problems that 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.

Mitch Evans at the 2023 MXGP of Germany
Evans missed the first four rounds of the MXGP series due to a broken thumb

“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,” Evans lamented. “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), added, “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.”

No further information is available on what Evans’ move will be in 2024.

Photo of Australian motocross rider Mitch Evans
A positive end to the season where dashed for Evans with a persistent wrist injury.

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