New Zealand’s Ben Townley is confirmed to race at the opening round of the 2016 MXGP World Championship at Qatar at the end of the month, despite sustaining a knee injury in the international race of Valance, in France, last weekend.
“I twisted my knee in the Super Final and it didn’t feel good so I decided to retire from the race,” said the Team Suzuki World MXGP rider from the Bay of Plenty.
After a small check up, he was advised to give his body time to rest and not ride for a couple of days. “I’m going to ride Monday and Tuesday again to prepare for the MXGP of Qatar,” Townely added.
The Kiwi is looking forward to Qatar. “ I’ve been preparing myself for over nine months now. I started at that time to be ready, if I had the opportunity to race again that I got. I’m very much looking forward to lining-up at the start and just race,” Townley said. “I don’t have any expectations, Stefan and I have discussed this a lot and my personal goal is to get the best possible starts I can, and that I can ride within myself so I can build up from there on.”
General manager Stefan Everts is also pleased with Townley being given the go-ahead to race. “I’m happy that it was only a minor injury. Now we can have the whole MXGP team in Qatar. We have a great new race set-up and I’m excited to start the season,” said Everts.
The MXGP season will kick off at Losail International Circuit in Qatar on February 27.
Photo courtesy Ray Archer
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