Any slim hope of the 2014 MX2 World Championship title may have slipped through Arnaud Tonus’ hands with his early practice crash for the Grand Prix of Germany two weeks ago.
But the Swiss is aiming to be back on his CLS Monster Energy Kawasaki to end his final campaign in the category with a flurry.
Tonus suffered a concussion and a dislocated left shoulder at Teutschenthal over a fortnight ago but has been negotiating a rehab programme that he hopes will lead to a competitive return at Loket and the Czech Grand Prix at the end of July.
“I started physio three days after the crash and have been every day since then,” the winner of the Brazilian round earlier this year said late last week. “It is getting better every day but not enough to ride at the moment. I have to work day by day.”
Tonus has slipped to third place in the MX2 standings through missing last weekend’s Swedish fixture at Uddevalla with Red Bull KTM’s Jordi Tixier moving up to second. Wilvo Nestaan Husqvarna racing’s Romain Febvre is now pushing to demote the Swiss further.
“The bone of the joint is fine but everything else has been a bit stretched in the crash,” Tonus added. He then commented on his chance of making the penultimate GP to take place on European shores at Loket: “Maybe. I will do my best!”
Tonus is set to depart for California and a new contract with Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki in October and after the Motocross of Nations in Latvia at the end of September.