News 22 Sep 2023

Ongoing wrist troubles force Evans out of MXGP finale

Australian sidelined for final outing with KRT.

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Ongoing wrist injuries will see Kawasaki Racing Team’s (KRT) Mitch Evans remain sidelined for the final round of the 2023 MXGP World Championship this weekend at Matterly Basin, effectively ending his single-year stint at KRT.

With the announcement of Jeremy Seewer joining Kawasaki for 2024, the future of Evans is up in the air after parting ways with the team.

“It’s a real shame to miss the final race of the season and my last race with the team,” said Evans. “However, it is time to take the right steps to heal correctly. 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 [Febvre] the best of luck for Matterley and the Motocross of Nations.”

Kawasaki Racing Team (KRT) manager Antti Pyrhonen 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.”