Rockstar Energy Husqvarna has confirmed that 250SX East Region points leader Martin Davalos will not race this weekend at the Toronto round of Monster Energy Supercross.
The press release issued by the team states that Davalos will not race due to personal issues.
Transworld Motocross was first to report that Davalos, originally from Ecuador, may miss the race due to Visa issues, and sources have told Racer X that is the reason he will not be racing.
This isn't the first time this has happened, as back in 2010 Dean Wilson his family were kept in Canada due to immigration issues.
In the same press release, the team also confirmed that Christophe Pourcel sustained an injury in practice earlier this week and will not race this weekend. He is expected back for Detroit.
Below is the official team statement.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Christophe Pourcel sustained an injury in practice earlier this week which will require him to remain side-lined for seven to ten days. Pourcel will return to racing at the Detroit Supercross and continue to strive for the podium.
Teammate Martin Davalos unfortunately will not race the upcoming Toronto Supercross due to personal reasons. Davalos, who won the opening round of the 250SX East series and fought for the podium this past weekend in Daytona, has shown he is a serious contender for the title. The current red-plate holder will return for the Detroit Supercross in hopes of continuing his chase for the 250 East Supercross Championship.
[Update: Saturday, March 12]
We asked Davalos' Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team owner Bobby Hewitt about it, and he is sticking with the, "Marty has a personal issue to attend to, he is with his family." So there's that. Whatever it is, Hewitt says the hope is some of the other riders further back in points, like say Tyler Bowers, run up front and take points away from series' front runners like Malcolm Stewart, Justin Hill and Jeremy Martin, who are currently right behind Davalos in points. The thinking is that Cooper Webb DNFed a race in the West and still holds the points lead, so one non-start for Davalos might not be the end of it.
Rockstar Husqvarna's Christophe Pourcel is also not here. Now, with rumors of Davalos' VISA issues, people started thinking that maybe the Frenchman Pourcel was also staying away from Canada for the same reason, but Hewitt literally showed us X-rays of a small fracture in Pourcel's neck. That sounds scary but we're talking a small, pencil-point sized piece broken off the end of a vertebrae. Doctors think after a few days of scar tissue build up, Christophe will be okay and could possibly race next weekend in Detroit.