Husqvarna Motorcycles has announced that Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Mathias Bellino has suffered a second shoulder injury, which forces him to miss the 2017 International Six Days Enduro and the remaining two rounds of the EnduroGP World Championship. Standing in for Mathias at the ISDE to represent France, Christophe Charlier will compete in the event for the first time.
Working hard in recent months to return from a shoulder injury sustained prior to the season opening EnduroGP of Finland, Bellino has been gradually building his speed and fitness during the last three GPs.
His latest injury to his right shoulder was picked up while training for the upcoming ISDE, where Matthias fractured his shoulder blade which then required the rider to undergo surgery. He will be out of action for a minimum of three months and will miss the last two round of the EnduroGP series in the United Kingdom and Germany.
“It’s hard to accept I will be forced to miss the ISDE and sit out the rest of the season, he said. I worked hard to come back from my pre-season injury and I was really motivated to keep improving my results in this final part of the season. It was just a slow speed crash but I immediately knew there was something wrong with my shoulder. It’s really disappointing that I’ll have to miss the rest of the season due to this injury.”
Replacing Bellino at this year’s International Six Days Enduro will be Husqvarna Factory Racing teammate Christophe Charlier, with the FE 350 powered rider set to contest the week-long event for the first time in his career.
The 2017 ISDE takes place in Brive, France, from August 28 to September 2.