Ben Townley Postpones Return to Europe

Townley was injured last Sunday while practicing at a private training facility in his native country. The 2004 MX2 World Champion broke his jaw in this crash and underwent surgery yesterday.

His jaw has been successfully repaired and Ben will have to rest for a couple of weeks before coming back in Europe to enter his new challenge after racing successfully in the USA. “I was completing my last 30 minutes moto for the day when I got cross rutted on one of the jumps and went down hard, hitting my jaw on the crossbar of the handlebars. On the positive side it was a clean break and doctors have gone in through the inside of my cheek and put a plate in. It’s going to be a bit awkward for the next few days but I’ve been through so much in the last few years I’m sure I’ll get over this one pretty quickly” said Townley who will be back in Europe a few weeks before the opening round of the FIM MX1 World championship in Sevlievo (Bulgaria) on April 10th.

More positive news came from the USA, where Tommy Searle and Max Anstie are practicing since Christmas in California to prepare their assault on the FIM MX2 World Championship. Working closely with Mitch Payton’s staff, both riders assisted by Harry Nolte and Yann Lozano tested their 2011 Kawasaki Pro Circuit, and worked closely with Pro Circuit suspensions tuner. Max and Tommy will be back soon in Europe, to race some selected pre season events before Bulgaria.

“It’s a shame for Ben, but we know how strong he is mentally and physically and we’re sure he will be ready for Bulgaria. Hopefully we were already working with a test rider to develop the 450 Kawasaki, and Ben will have a very performing bike. Concerning Tommy and Max I would like to thanks Mitch and his crew, who offered a great support to our riders for their preparation in California. They will be back in Europe in a few days” explained team owner Jean Jacques Luisetti.