With the announcement earlier this week that rookie Daniel Baker would miss the remainder of Monster Energy Supercross with an ankle injury, MAD Racing Dirt Candy Suzuki has officially announced that Australian Luke Clout will fill-in for Baker.
Clout, a former MX2 Australian Champion and member of the Australian Motocross of Nations team, will race this weekend at Anaheim 2.
“I got a call from Mike and he filled me in on Daniel’s injury,” said Clout in a team release. “He said there was an opening on the team again and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to come back and race in America.”
Clout flew to the United States earlier this week to begin testing with the team. This isn’t the first trip to the US for Clout, who used to train at the Millsaps Training Facility in Georgia.
“I left the USA because we couldn’t find a ride and it was extremely expensive being a privateer,” he said. “I went home and accomplished some good things, a 250 outdoor title and a second in another series as well as representing Australia at Des Nations twice.
“It felt awesome but I still hadn’t reached my main goal of racing professionally in the States and I am pumped on this new opportunity. The first day went really well on the new bike and I felt comfortable right away on the Suzuki. As we made changes things continued to progress and I felt great by the end of the day. I can’t wait to see what I can do out there. I feel really good and the team is really helpful which should make this an awesome run.”
We will have more on Clout in Racerhead tomorrow.