Jake Nicholls is OUT of the weekend’s opening Revo British championship round following doctor’s orders during a last-minute medical check. He hurt his shoulder and hand, with muscle and nerve damage, in a crash six weeks ago but started riding again a week ago in a bid to be fit for Sunday’s race.
The plan was for him to ride to score as many points as possible, even though he would be less than 100% fit. But a check this evening saw a specialist order him off the bike because of the risk of further injury.
Crendon Fastrack Honda team boss Dave Thorpe said: “Until this evening we were hoping Jake would be ready to race because he has worked so hard and as a total professional, we all know how determined he is to get on the start line.
“We must respect the advice because what’s important is Jake’s long-term health and getting fit so he is ready to race. He is absolutely devastated at the news and we all wish him all the best for a speedy return.”
The Crendon Fastrack Honda team makes its official 2021 race debut in the ACU British championship opener at Culham in Oxfordshire on Sunday. The team will field 31-year-old British MX1 champion Tommy Searle on the all-new Honda CRF450R and rookie, 23-year-old Jay Hague, on the Honda CRF250R in the MX2 class.