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JM Honda Racing has had some cruel luck in their first year as an operation. After Benoit Paturel crashed out of the Grand Prix of Kegums, Jacky Martens signed Kyle Webster as a fill-in rider. Webster, who was expected to debut this weekend, is now out injured as well though. Official communication is below.
JM Honda Racing rider Kyle Webster has been ruled out of the Montova triple header after sustaining a shoulder injury at the ADAC MX Masters in Germany last weekend. The 24-year old Australian was due to start his fill-in tenure for Benoit Paturel this weekend.
Kyle rode to a strong third time in his qualifying group but went down hard at the start of the first moto on Saturday when he tangled with another rider. Examinations in Belgium showed that he sustained a small crack in his shoulder and elbow. It’s expected that Webster will be sidelined for two to three weeks.
Kyle Webster: “It was very unfortunate to go down like that just before my MXGP debut. I was feeling good on the bike and was really looking forward to racing in Mantova. Mantova seems like a nice track and the (sandy) soil should suit me, at least on paper! The injuries I picked up are a bit strange – 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 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 team.”
Jacky Martens: “We were already pleased with Kyle’s progress in training. Until the crash he was having a solid day in Grevenbroich too. It’s obviously disappointing for everyone not to have Kyle racing in Mantova but we are now focused on the next races with him to heal up and be at 100% when he’s back. To suffer so much bad luck in one season is really tough. That’s unheard even in my 26 seasons of running a World Championship team. Anyway, we are working hard to be as competitive as we can with Dylan Walsh and Artem Guryev while Benoit [Paturel] is also pushing hard in rehab to come back in the best possible way.”
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: JM Honda Racing