News 6 Aug 2019

Bopping’s racing future uncertain as health battle continues

Empire Kawasaki rider still seeking answers on undiagnosed health issue.

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Lawson Bopping’s future in racing is uncertain as he continues to battle an ongoing undiagnosed health issue that has significantly impacted him this season, and ultimately forced him to withdraw from Coolum’s Pirelli MX Nationals double-header finale following the second MX1 sprint race on Saturday.

Bopping faced the mysterious fatigue-related health problem in 2016 which prompted him to step away from racing motocross, however the New South Welshman was thought to have overcome the issue upon making a comeback with the Empire Kawasaki outfit this year until it reemerged at the halfway mark of the season.

The popular number 70 is set to undergo further medical evaluation by a new doctor, which Bopping is hopeful will lead to answers that will allow him to continue racing at full health.

“Over the last couple of months I’ve been dealing with health issues again, so it’s been difficult in these last few rounds,” said Bopping. “Yesterday started off pretty decent and I was around fourth at the start of moto one, but obviously just couldn’t hang in there and faded back. From there I got sick and it was dangerous for me, so it’s really disappointing.

“I’ll be seeing a new doctor real soon, I’m booked in on Thursday. I’ve got that to look forward to and hopefully we can get to the bottom of it. I’ll keep at it and hopefully be back racing at some stage – I don’t know when, but I’ve got serious issues happening.”

Initially drafted into the Kawasaki squad as a fill-in for Dylan Long, the team later signed Bopping for the remainder of the season. He finished the MX Nationals 16th in the standings with a best overall finish of fifth at Wonthaggi, which marked his return to the Australian championship.

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