Graeme Irwin has had a rough run thus far this season and, unfortunately, things did not get much better at the Grand Prix of Switzerland at the weekend. Irwin did not make it far in race one at all before a rock struck his face and forced him to withdraw. Now, Hitachi ASA KTM UK have confirmed that he will miss the next two rounds in Bulgaria and Turkey in an attempt to return to one hundred percent.
"Who says lightning doesn't strike in the same place twice?! We had the same thing happen last year with Josiah Natzke but not as bad as this with Graeme," Roger Magee stated in a team press release. "We were already down to one man after Conrad's hand injury at Hawkstone and Graeme arrived in Switzerland with his back injury that wasn't totally recovered, despite intensive physio.
"So, following this latest injury setback, we are just going to let both riders sit out for a few of weeks and return for the Dutch MXGP in Assen hopefully fully healed up. We have had a lot of bad luck, so we want to finish the season strong. Conrad has the British MX2 championship to win and Graeme has a mathematical chance of retaining his MX1 title and both have a point to prove on the world stage."
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: KTM Images/Ray Archer