Kawasaki Motors Australia released a statement today in regards to the absence of team riders Matt and Jake Moss from the Conondale, Queensland, round of the 2016 Motul MX Nationals over the weekend.
Prior to the event, Matt said on his Instagram page that he would miss the event due to personal issues. “Due to some personal issues I will not be attending round 7 of MX Nationals. I am looking forward to round 8 see everyone there.”
Racer X’s Steve Matthes said on his personal Twitter account last night that the reason the brothers missed the event was due to the results of test by the Australian Sports Anti-doping Authority (ASADA). MotoOnline.com.au’s Alex Gobert mentioned similar theories from the track, writing, “Speculation trackside at Green Park linked their absence to Australian Sports Anti-doping Authority (ASADA) testing that took place at Murray Bridge on May 22.”
At this time nothing has been officially confirmed.
In their statement, Kawasaki Motors Australia said the brothers missed the round due to “sporting disciplinary circumstances.”
“Kawasaki Motors Australia can confirm Matt Moss and Jake Moss were absent from the Conondale round of the 2016 MX Nationals on Sunday, 17 July, due to sporting disciplinary circumstances still currently under investigation,” the statement reads. “Further information will be released in due course.”
Motorcycling Australia (MA) or MX Nationals promoter Williams Event Management (WEM) have not officially made comment.