Ben Townley and teammate Brian Hsu will make their return to the 2016 FIM Motocross World Championship at the British MXGP.
The former MX2 Motocross World Champion will make his return after missing two rounds of the championship due to a wrist injury.
“I’m 100% ‘in’ for Matterley and it’s a really enjoyable track; one of those very modern type of motocross circuits,” said ‘BT’ who rode the course for his country 10 years ago at the Motocross of Nations.
“I’ve been on the bike since the Sunday of St Jean and the French GP and my condition is not perfect but I am slowly getting there. It is a slow process unfortunately and I’ll just have to strap the wrist and do my best,” he added. “My injury was actually the same thing that happened to Kevin. It has improved and it doesn’t affect my riding too much. It is just a matter of getting up to speed.
“I’m looking forward to the UK because the fans are always so vocal and gather in these pockets of support that give any race there such a nice atmosphere,” he continued. “I also have some good friends in England – in the Winchester area in particular – so it will also be good to see them again.”
Ben Townley has experience his fair share of drama throughout the 2016 Championship, first missing two rounds mid way through the season after being struck down with an illness and more recently suffering a wrist injury that forced him to watch from the pits for another two rounds.
Teammate, Brian Hsu will make his long overdue return to the MX2 class. The 18-year-old multi-European and World Champion in junior categories made his debut on the GP stage last season but has had to be patient to begin his first full campaign in the class after needing a substantial period to recover from a broken wrist sustained in the winter. The youngster is finally fit enough to consider rolling into the British start gate and to tackle the wide, quick and flowing English layout.
“This will be my first GP and I’ve only entered two other races and not at full distance yet. So I am not going to Britain with any expectations at all,” he said. “I just want to get out there and see what I can do. Practicing I feel good and we planned to come back earlier but this is the way it has worked out. I am ready, we are ready and I’m excited to be back in MX2.”
Keep an eye on the ADB website for a full weekend wrap of the MXGP.