Arminas Jasikonis takes step back from MXGP, set to evaluate his future in motocross.
Arminas Jasikonis’ story is one that needs no introduction. The head trauma that he suffered in a fall in October of 2020 sent shockwaves across the globe, but he defied the odds to return to racing at the highest level. There was one year remaining on his Husqvarna Factory Racing contract, which he completed, and then he signed for the Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha squad ahead of the 2022 FIM Motocross World Championship.
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Inconsistency has followed though, as he has struggled to reach his former level despite showing flashes from time to time. Now, following a crushing run of results, Jasikonis has made the decision to step away from MXGP and reevaluate his future in the sport. Whether he will return remains to be seen, but a rest period should provide some perspective on where his future lies. Jasikonis released the following statement.
“It was very tough decision to make and tough pill to swallow… I’m pulling away from MXGP for now. I’m ashamed of racing that bad, not only for myself but also for my team who is all in for this. Anyway I can’t be too disappointed. Let’s look 1.5 year back where I was and what I managed to pull out. From a massive injury I managed to come back to racing at the highest level and finish in some decent positions, but it took a lot of work and many days of being depressed. For now, I’ll take time off to try to understand and heal my problems. Ciao for now.”
Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha will continue to go racing with the Grand Prix of Sardinia winner, Calvin Vlaanderen, who sits ninth in the premier-class standings.