In what are thought to be after effects from the horrible crash at the MXGP of Trentino, Team Honda 114 Motorsports’ Bas Vaessen is set to miss the next few rounds of world championship action due to a severely injured adductor muscle.
With initial reports from that Arco incident being positive, and no immediate concerns other than the superficial bumps and bruises, midweek training for the Portuguese MXGP went as normal. However it is thought that during the race weekend at Agueda, the injury was aggravated and now the young Dutch rider will now be forced to sit on the sidelines as the adductor muscle heals up.
It is a big blow for Vaessen, who was starting to find his feet and put in some top 10 performances, in what is a highly competitive MX2 championship. With an injury like this it is hard to pinpoint an exact return date but right now the team are preparing for his return after Ottobiano, although there is the possibility that if the recovery goes well he could return before the French GP on June 9/10.
As Ottobiano would mean six rounds missed, team manager Livia Lancelot is looking at finding a replacement rider that will be able to represent Team Honda 114 Motorsports and all their sponsors, while continuing their high standards both on and off the track.
Everyone associated with the team wishes Vaessen the best with his recovery and hopes to see him back in action at an MXGP as quickly as possible.
In better news for the team, Hunter Lawrence is making good progress with his hand injury and will have an X-ray on Thursday before the final decision is made about his attendance at the upcoming Russian GP.