Antoine Meo KTM dakar RALLY 2016 2017 1 1200

Antoine Meo has made the difficult decision of withdrawing from Dakar 2017 due to on-going complications from his Dakar 2016 injury.

As reported last month on enduro21.com, Meo was in a race against time to be ready for next January’s race due to wrist injuries that just wouldn’t heal properly.

Crashing “within” finishing distance of the 2016 Dakar Rally, Meo was dealt the cruel hand of a dislocated wrist on one arm and a broken scaphoid bone on the other. 

Soldiering on for the final 100 kilometres to ensure a top ten result of seventh, the then rally rookie stepped off his bike on January 15th and didn’t ride again until September 5th. 

But despite his best efforts he’s had to put his rally ambitions on hold.

“I was in too much pain to ride with 100 percent in the Dakar, so I am having corrective surgery on my scaphoid (right wrist) in Spain because Dr. Mir, doctor at the Barcelona clinic, has a better solution to improve the movement,” said Meo. 

“I will then concentrate on getting fit for the first world championship rallies in Dubai and Qatar.” 

Mexican-born KTM rider Ivan Ramirez, 2015 AMA National Hare and Hound champion, will step in for Meo to ride with the factory team for the Dakar Rally.