After consultation with his sports physician doctor Debruyne, Christophe Charlier has decided to pull out of the inaugural Assen MXGP.

The 24-year old Frenchman slightly injured the meniscus in his left knee last Sunday in Mantova. During yesterday’s free practice and time practice sessions it became clear that his knee was too painful to race. Charlier posted the 14th time in practice but won’t take part in Sunday’s proceedings. Team mate Filip Bengtsson qualified 11th in the MXGP class.

Christophe Charlier: “In the warmup session in Mantova I placed my left foot down when I crashed and that’s when I damaged the meniscus. It’s nothing too serious but the pain definitely bothers me when I’m riding. So the plan is to have surgery to the knee this week, the damaged parts will be removed and the knee will be ‘cleaned’. The time off is okay but it’s too early to tell what this means concerning my participation in the final two MXGP’s of the season.”