Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki continue to suffer cruel blows, as Seth Hammaker has withdrawn from round two of 2021 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross. Hammaker, who impressed early on at Fox Raceway, is struggling with a mystery illness, as he reveals in the excerpt below. This may not come as a surprise to those who remember that he struggled with the heat during the Atlanta portion of 2021 Monster Energy Supercross.
“Hey guys. So this isn’t the news I wanted to deliver this early into the season, but unfortunately I will not be lining up this weekend at Thunder Valley. I haven’t been feeling 100% lately and don’t want to risk injuring myself out there or do further damage, so I’m going to take some time to focus on my health. I will keep you guys posted with more on the situation as I know more. I’m hoping to be back for High Point, but we’ll make that call in a few weeks. Can’t wait to get back out there and see you guys at the races!”
Hammaker started well at Fox Raceway, as he recorded the sixth-fastest time in qualifying and then ran fourth early in moto one. Not long after that he faded to eleventh and then, clearly struggling, he limped to twenty-third in the second moto. Hammaker currently sits sixteenth in the 250MX championship standings.
Hammaker joins his teammates, Jordon Smith and Cameron McAdoo on the sidelines, meaning that Austin Forkner and Jo Shimoda will be the only ones beneath the tenth in Colorado on Saturday. It’s currently unknown if a fill-in rider is needed, but Mitchell Harrison is still sat waiting for his phone to ring.
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Align Media