News 25 Sep 2020

Injury to delay Webster’s JM Honda Racing MXGP debut

Fill-in rider to miss Mantova triple-header while shoulder and elbow recover.

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Injuries sustained while competing in Germany’s ADAC MX Masters will delay Kyle Webster’s debut in the MXGP World Championship with the JM Honda Racing team.

Webster, 24, had been called in to deputise for Benoit Paturel aboard the CRF450R from Mantova’s triple-header in Italy beginning this weekend.

It was an incident at the start of moto one that resulted in Webster cracking his shoulder and elbow injury, which will sideline him for up to three weeks. He’s hoping to return by Lommel in mid-October.

“It was very unfortunate to go down like that just before my MXGP debut,” Webster explained. “I was feeling good on the bike and was really looking forward to racing in Mantova.

“The injuries I picked up are a bit strange and I don’t feel that banged up actually. My elbow is a lot better already and my shoulder doesn’t hurt that much. We’ll have to see how quick it heals but I can’t wait for my first MXGP event.

“I will be attending the races in Mantova this weekend as a spectator, so that should allow me to get a better idea of how the races work and to familiarise myself further with the JM Racing team.”

JM Honda Racing team manager Jacky Martens added: “We were already pleased with Kyle’s progress in training and, until the crash, he was having a solid day. It’s obviously disappointing for everyone not to have Kyle racing in Mantova, but we’re now focused on the next races with him to heal up and be at 100 percent when he’s back.”

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