Team HRC finally had three riders on track at the Grand Prix of Latvia today, but that did not last long at all. Todd Waters, who gave up on an opportunity to contest the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross series to act as a fill-in rider for Team HRC, crashed out of the qualifying race earlier today and fractured his collarbone, which will rule him out of the races tomorrow and the Grand Prix of Germany next weekend.
"Well there is not much to say, really," Waters said in a team statement. "It was my first day back in MXGP and obviously I was a bit nervous in the first two sessions, but in the race I managed to get all the way up to the top-ten and had a good pace. I was in eighth place and closing in on Jeremy Seewer, but then I jumped a bit too long on the uphill double, landed straight into the braking bump and got thrown over the handlebar.
"Obviously I'm devastated: This is surely not the way I wanted my MXGP return to be, but that's racing," Waters continued. "All we can do now is to do whatever is needed to be back on track as soon as possible – and as fit as I can. I want to thank the team for their outstanding work, as I was really enjoying riding the bike this afternoon."
Tim Gajser, who finished seventh in the qualifying heat earlier today, will be the sole representative for Team HRC in the premier class tomorrow. Calvin Vlaanderen will contest the MX2 as well, of course.
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Honda Racing Corporation