Although the Maxxis FIM EnduroGP World Championship is on its two month summer break, we learned last week about a new injury for Mathias BELLINO (F - Husqvarna).
After a nasty injury to his right shoulder just before the opening race of the season in Finland, the Frenchman had finally rejoined the championship at the Maxxis Grand Prix of Hungary. During the two subsequent GPs he was beginning to regain his rhythm and speed with his Husqvarna 300TE, challenging the top guns in the EnduroGP category once again. But sadly the factory Husqvarna rider suffered a fall during training and has injured his scapula again. He will today undergo surgery.
Another serious blow for BELLINO, who was preparing to represent his country at the ISDE in France, and was expected to return to the podium in EnduroGP before the end of the year.
Mathias BELLINO: “It’s hard to accept I will be forced to miss the ISDE and sit out the rest of the season. I worked hard to come back from my pre-season injury and I was really motivated to keep improving my results in this final part of the season. It was just a slow speed crash but I immediately knew there was something wrong with my shoulder. It’s really disappointing that I’ll have to miss the rest of the season due to this injury.”
Andreas HÖLZL - Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Enduro Team Manager: “Mathias has been really unfortunate to suffer a second serious injury this season. This time it happened while he was training for the upcoming ISDE and it will keep him out of contention for the rest of this season. Injuries might be an inevitable part of top-level racing but as a professional athlete Mathias knows exactly how to work his way out and come back even stronger. We all wish him all the best for a speedy recovery.”
Mathias BELLINO has endured a relentlessly hard 2017 season with setback after setback and it seems we’ll not see him again in the World Championship this season as he is expected to miss three months. All the paddock join us in wishing him a successful and speedy recovery!