The Grand Prix of Patagonia-Argentina is one of the most enjoyable on the calendar, but the trip concluded in a bittersweet fashion for Suzuki World MX2's Bas Vaessen. Vaessen, who is tackling the full FIM Motocross World Championship for the first time, scored a season-best result of fourteenth at the Qatari opener. The Dutchman struggled to master the mud of Indonesia, so scored no points, and then was dealt another blow this past weekend.
"On the really fast section of the track I hit a slippery spot and high-sided, landing on the take-off of the next jump," Vaessen commented in a post-race press release. "I didn’t really feel it immediately but when I got off the track, I realised I hit my shoulder really hard, so I rode back to the pits and went to the medical centre. They did an x-ray and saw that the collarbone was snapped. It was a clean break though, so that is good. Now when we get back, we will go to a good hospital in Holland and plan from there."
On the eve of the Grand Prix of Leon, it has been confirmed by the Suzuki World MX2 team that Bas Vaessen will not be competing at round four or the two rounds that follow this fixture. "He had surgery when he got back and it went well, however he now has four weeks of recommended recovery time before he is fit and healthy," a team statement revealed. The Grand Prix of Latvia at the start of May has been targeted as the date for his return.
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Suzuki Racing