Jed Beaton has had to withdraw from the Motocross of Nations, meaning that the three-strong squad are all Motorcycling Queensland members.
Current Australian Motocross MXD Champion Mitch Evans will replace current Australian Motocross MX2 Champion Jed Beaton, after Beaton sustained a collarbone injury during practice in Europe on Friday, September 16, forcing him to withdraw from the competition.
Beaton released a statement exclaiming that he is “Devastated to say I won’t be throwing on the green and gold to represent my country at the MXoN. I had a small crash on Friday riding at Lommel and fractured my Collarbone. [I’m] very sorry to everyone that made this possible and so sorry to let everyone down.”
Evans, who will compete in the MX2 class this weekend, is now on his way to Europe to join current MXoN Australian Team competitors Dean Ferris and Todd Waters before the event.
Despite the setback, the Australian Team feel they have a strong replacement in Evans.
This will be Evans first appearance in MXoN representing Team Australia and despite the occurrence of events Evans is excited to represent his country and show his talent to the European scene.
“Jed and myself get along pretty well and we have done some training together this year so I am bummed for him,” Evans started.
“I will try and do my best for him and the team. This year hasn’t gone the way we wanted it to go and it hasn’t really sunk it yet that I am leaving. I’m still trying to take it all in. We have definitely come along way this year and we are fit and healthy, and prepared to go and do our job over there.
“I couldn’t be any more excited. I only found out that Jed got hurt on Saturday night after racing at the Supercross, and then I didn’t think anything of it, I didn’t think I would get the call. But on late Sunday afternoon I got the call and from there it’s been a pretty hectic 24 hours getting everything ready.
“The biggest thing I am looking forward to this weekend is just being able to represent my country, and to do the best I can and hopefully make a few people proud,” he concluded.
The 2016 MXoN will take place in Maggiora, Italy this September 24-25.