Ben Watson crashes hard in qualification heat, ruled out of the Grand Prix of Spain.
Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP’s Ben Watson has been ruled out of the Grand Prix of Spain, round nine of the 2022 FIM Motocross World Championship, after a very hard crash in Saturday’s qualification heat. Watson was riding in eighteenth, after starting in twenty-fifth, when he went off track at the end of the wave section and hit the straps that secure the arches on track. The result was rope burn across his body and, following medical advice, he will not jump onto his ‘green’ steed today.
Watson is currently in twelfth in the premier-class standings, just eleven points from the rider ahead, and could maintain that position today, despite being inactive. Jordi Tixier is nineteen points behind in thirteenth and has not scored as well as that since the Grand Prix of Trentino in April. Mitch Evans in fourteenth – four points further adrift – is much more of a threat.
With Watson out and Romain Febvre still recovering, Kawasaki will reply on F&H Kawasaki Racing Team’s Jed Beaton in the MXGP class. Beaton’s returning from injury at this race, after knocking his shoulder in early March, and was ranked in sixteenth in the qualification heat. Febvre is expected to return at the Grand Prix of Indonesia on the last weekend in June.