Australia Loses Top MX2 Rider For Motocross of Nations

September 22, 2015 9:05am | by:
Australia Loses Top MX2 Rider For Motocross of Nations

Australia will be without it’s top MX2 rider this weekend at the Motocross of Nations in Ernee, France. Jay Wilson, who won both the Australian and New Zealand MX2 championships in 2015, crashed on Monday and fell on a rock, ripping open the side of his stomach, he said on Instagram.

“On Monday afternoon while testing, I had a very small crash and fell on a rock, which ripped open the side of my stomach, and tore my stomach muscles. Given that I now have an open wound, and with high risk of infection, I am no longer able to represent Australia in the MX2 class at the MXoN in France this weekend."

Australia has yet to announce a replacement for Wilson.

Below is his full statement. 

I’m absolutely gutted. After long discussions with the doctors here in Europe, I have been forced to withdraw from the 2015 MX of Nations.

On Monday afternoon while testing, I had a very small crash and fell on a rock, which ripped open the side of my stomach, and tore my stomach muscles. Given that I now have an open wound, and with high risk of infection, I am no longer able to represent Australia in the MX2 class at the MXoN in France this weekend.

With there still being a number of days until the event kicks off, I wanted to make the decision to withdraw early, to ensure Australia has the opportunity to fill my position, and to give both Todd Waters and Dean Ferris the best chance possible to have a successful weekend. The MXoN is a team event, and it would be selfish of me to turn up behind the eight ball.

This is without a doubt one of the hardest decisions I have had to make in my career, and although I am hugely disappointed, Australia deserves to have a 100% healthy team representing our country on the weekend.

Thank you to Josh Coppins and Mike Ward for being there for me, and for helping me in making what has been a tough, but right decision for everyone.

Main image: MotoOnline.com.au