Injury will keep Mitch Evans from the 2021 FIM Motocross World Championship opener, set for Russia this weekend (June 13).
Team HRC says complications with a wrist injury mean the Australian has not recovered enough to race at the high level he would face in Orlyonok, Russia.
“Obviously, I am really disappointed to have to miss Russia and the start of this season,” said Evans.
“I have tried my hardest to be ready, but we just aren’t in a position where I feel confident I can give it my best shot and perform at the level that I expect from myself.
“Everyone at Team HRC has shown their support during this difficult time and it is now up to me to make sure that I am back ready to compete in the shortest timeframe possible. A big thanks to my team and all my fans around the world, and hopefully I’ll be able to see you at a racetrack soon.”
When fit, Team HRC’s Evans is more than capable of taking it to the top riders in the MXGP class. Indeed, Evans, who is still only 22, recorded numerous top-five finishes last year – his rookie MXGP campaign.
With several fitness setbacks in the past 12 months, his focus now is to try and get 100 per cent healthy so that he can once again reach that level where he can challenge for podium spots.