It has been confirmed today that the former junior world champion, Matiss Karro picked up a worse than expected injury last Sunday while racing the Lacapelle-Marival international in France.
After consultation with Dr. Ghijselings the extent of his knee issue became clear. Karro tore his left ACL and sustained some damage to the meniscus. It was decided that The Arrow will undergo surgery with Dr. Ghijselings next Tuesday in Eeklo, Belgium. The expected time off the bike will be between two and three months.
Matiss demonstrated good speed in both of his pre-season races. He finished sixth in Valence and recorded two second places in the MX1 class in Lacapelle-Marival.
It’s a big blow for the 24MX Lucas Oil Honda crew following on from the news just days ago that Ken De Dycker will also miss the season opener in Qatar this weekend.
The team say all possible options to bring in a last-minute replacement rider for Qatar were examined but eventually it was deemed best to regroup and start to focus on the next GPs.
Currently discussions with replacement riders are ongoing until Ken and Matiss are fit to return. Dirt Bike Rider join 24MX Lucas Oil Honda in wishing them both a speedy and complete recovery.
Matiss Karro said: “There was still a bit of hope that the injury was not so bad so that I could race at Qatar or maybe one week later in Thailand. Sadly this was not the news that I wanted to hear, especially not because things were going well. I was really looking forward to line up in MXGP again after one year of absence. Now I know that I have to go through rehab. It’s tough but that’s how it is.”
Patriek Heydens, technical director 24MX Lucas Oil Honda said: “To lose both our riders, Ken De Dycker and Matiss, in less than one week is a big blow. It’s so exceptional that in all my years in racing I have never experienced something like this.
“When you’re a new team like ours it’s a major disappointment not to be at the start line after months of hard but positive work. Both our riders were in a great place and on course to a strong season. It’s a pity we won’t be in Losail but we wish all riders, teams, fans and media a great start to the season!”
Marc Boone, 24MX Lucas Oil Honda team principal commenting on the news said: “Even with the bad luck we experienced with Ken De Dycker we were confident about leaving for Losail with Matiss. He had been going well and likes the Qatar GP.
“With two riders sidelined we found ourselves unfortunately in a completely different situation. After extensive discussions with all involved parties we decided the wisest decision was to postpone our MXGP debut. I’d like to thank all of our partners, Youthstream and our fans for their support.”