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TIMBO OUT OF VEGAS | 10.10.2016

Tim Gajser is out of the Monster Cup in Vegas after a couple of crashes in race two at the SMX Cup aggravated the injuries which kept him out of the Nations; after keeping it under wraps for nearly three weeks Honda has finally admitted that the Slovenian cracked his right collarbone whilst testing the 2017 CRF450 on the Wednesday before Maggiora. It has now been admitted that his injuries were worse than initially revealed, the MXGP world champion having sustained "heavy bruising and swelling to his right hip and shoulder, but also suffering a small crack in his right collarbone" last month.

He went down on his hip in a sandy turn whilst leading halfway through race two in the Veltins Arena, and then crashed again in the waves two laps from the finish, landing on his already weakened right shoulder. He gritted his teeth through the final moto to hoist Honda to second in the team stakes, but further medical checks have led to doctors recommending a short period of complete rest.

"I feel so bad that I can't go to the Monster Energy Cup this year; I was really looking forward to it. I showed at the start of SMX that I am fast also in this mix of motocross and supercross and I think it would have been a great battle this weekend in Las Vegas, but there is too much risk with the injury in my shoulder. It was so painful at SMX, and even though we raced in the final race I wasn't fighting I was letting people pass when they caught me because I didn't want to have any contact in my shoulder or push harder and make it worse.

"I was holding on and, when you are scared of making an injury worse, that's no way to race; it was a very hard decision to make but we know it is the right one. So I'm sorry for the fans and the sponsors like Monster and Fox that I can't race out there, but there is always next year and I think it's important for everyone that we do it properly with the best chance of winning. It's been an unbelievable season this year taking the MXGP title, and for that I want to thank everyone with me for all their support. But it's also been a long season so now we need to take some time and make sure we go into 2017 stronger than ever."

Author: Alex Hodgkinson
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