News 2 Mar 2017

Crawford ruled out of Indonesian grand prix wildcard

Queenslander injured while preparing for Pangkal Pinang round.

Image: Zhane Dunlop (Dunlop Media).

Teenager Nathan Crawford will reportedly be denied his chance of lining up in this weekend’s second round of the MX2 World Championship after being injured in Indonesia.

While details remain scarce, sources suggest Crawford, 19, will return home on Friday after sustaining a suspected minor broken bone in his arm this afternoon.

Crawford was one of multiple Australians who have entered the Pangkal Pinang round of the world championship, due to ride MX2 despite stepping up to MX1 with the Kawasaki Racing Team for 2017. He will likely now face a race against time to be fit for the Motul MX Nationals opener at Wonthaggi, Victoria, on 2 April.

Both Crawford and Australian Kawasaki factory team manager Troy Carroll declined the opportunity to comment when contacted this evening. More details are expected to emerge after he undergoes further medical examinations locally.

Joining grand prix regulars Hunter Lawrence, Jay Wilson, Caleb Ward – who is under an injury cloud himself following Qatar – and Madison Brown (WMX) this weekend will be wildcards Kyle Webster and Aaron Tanti.