Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Dylan Ferrandis will be back in the MX2 gate for the Grand Prix of Latvia this weekend.
The Frenchman, who is heavily rumoured to be making the switch to AMA Supercross and motocross competition in 2017, has been recovering from a displaced right shoulder sustained at the beginning of March and in practice for the Thai GP that forced his absence from the series.
Training and rehabilitation has been going positively for #4 and after the all-clear from doctors – earlier than expected – he saddled the Kawasaki on Monday afternoon in order to make a final judgement on his presence at Kegums – the site of memorable Motocross of Nations success for the rider who will be 22 at the end of next month.
The former CLS team have embarked on a new technical synergy in the MX2 division thanks to an engine programme with Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki and Cosworth consultancy for development of the KX250F. The fruits of the labour were seen at the opening round in Qatar where Ferrandis provided the only challenge to Jeffrey Herlings so far this season by not only keeping pace with the Dutchman but leading – and pulling away – from the factory KTM around the wide and fast expanses of the Losail circuit.
Ferrandis was second in Qatar and in the championship standings until his Thai mishap.