Britain's Max Anstie has been ruled out of this weekend's Portugese MXGP round after a big crash at Valencia.
The Rockstar Husqvarna rider sustained concussion during warm-up in Spain and after only a few laps of practice in Trentino he soon realised that he was unable to race and took no further part in the GP.
Undergoing further medical checks, Max has been advised to take further rest and as a result will miss this weekend’s GP of Portugal. Max will return to racing when he is fully fit and ready to do so.
“Of course everyone in our team is disappointed for Max that he’s unable to join us and compete this weekend at the GP of Portugal, but our priority is Max and his wellbeing. He needs more time to recover from his crash in Spain. Only when he is fully ready to return to competition will he do so, said team boss Antti Pyrhönen.
"Crashes are a part of racing but together with Gautier Paulin, Max put in a huge amount of hard work during the off-season and was really motivated to make a strong start to the MXGP championship. His speed and fitness were both where they needed to be, so it’s hugely frustrating for him to be sidelined like this. We know he will be back strong, but for now he needs to rest in order to make a full recovery.”