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Gas Gas factory rider Antoine Basset will be forced to miss the opening rounds of the upcoming EnduroGP World Championship due to a broke leg and knee injury.
The official rider for the Gas Gas Enduro Factory Team has suffered a double injury during a training session while preparing for the World Championship.
A fractured fibula and damage to the ligaments of his knee will prevent the Frenchman from competing and he will have to go under the knife to cure the damage. He’s expected to be out of competition for five or six months until fully recovered.
“During my training, a tree root made me loose control of my bike and projected me into a tree,” told Basset. “My leg hit the tree at full speed.
“I ended my day at the hospital. Unfortunately my knee got badly damaged and I will need a surgery.
In a crash some weeks ago during a training session a heavy impact to his leg resulted in two injuries for the French rider who as well as fracturing his fibula has also damaged the ligaments in his knee.
It is the injury to the ligaments which means the rider will have go under the knife as soon as swelling goes down enough to allow for surgery.
“It's the first injury of my career. I am really disappointed but believe me when I say I'll do my best to come back as soon as possible.
“I am sad to announce that I will be out for few months and I won't participate at the beginning of the Enduro season.”
Antoine Basset’s injury, with less than a month to go before the start of the World Championship, is an unexpected major drawback for the Gas Gas Enduro Factory Team, which, for the moment at least, has lost its only rider in EnduroGP, the maximum category.
This loss means that Gas Gas will only be able to count on Jonathan Barragán for the first GP of the year, the Enduro GP of Finland held during the weekend of 25th and 26thMarch at Lake Paijanne.
The Spanish rider is to race in the new Enduro2 category on his Gas Gas EC 250 R.