We’re just days from the start of the 2016 Motocross of Nations, but another rider has been added to the injury list. Newly crowned 2016 MXGP World Motocross Champion Tim Gajser suffered a practice crash earlier in the week, which per a Gariboldi Honda press release, resulted in heavy bruising and will require a two-week period of rest. Due to the timing, it sounds like Gajser will not represent Honda as expected at the inaugural Monster Energy SMX in Germany in early October.
Gajser hails from Slovenia and is one of the most well-known athletes in the modest sized nation in Eastern Europe country (it shares a border with Italy). Even when the two-time World Champion was healthy and set for the lead role, they were not favored for a win at this weekend’s prestigious event, as they finished twenty-first in 2015. A replacement rider has not yet been announced.
Thanks to a long-term contract to Honda, Gajser has repeatedly expressed interest towards racing in America full-time at some point during his career. The twenty-year-old is currently billed as a competitor for the 2016 Monster Energy Cup this October, which would be his first Supercross-style race in the United States.