Wilvo Forkrent KTM’s Jake Nicholls is set to make his first Grand Prix appearance in over a year this weekend at Uddevalla in Sweden.
The former MX2 podium finisher has had to recover from a badly mangled finger sustained in British Championship appearance last summer and then a double fracture to his right forearm at La Capelle Marival for a pre-season International event in February.
The 25 year old was getting close to regular top 10 speed in the premier class in 2014 – his first term outside of MX2 until the finger injury that ended his season. His last Grand Prix event was in Germany just over a year ago.
Nicholls has then had to be patient in recovery from the arm fractures with medical specialists advising caution on the state of the bone and the strength needed to compete at the highest level. The KTM stalwart has made British Championship appearances in recent weeks but is now ready to attempt Grand Prix after coming through the fifth round of the national series in good shape.
“My wrist feels like new and I’m going to Sweden to try and score some points and get my level up; which is pretty low with the amount of time I have missed,” he said. “I’m feeling fit and really looking forward to be being back in GPs.”
Nicholls’ presence adds some badly needed ‘new blood’ to the premier class with riders like Max Nagl, Ken De Dycker, Rui Goncalves and Clement Desalle either on the sidelines or waiting for late calls on their fitness to be able to compete in Sweden.