Due to injuries sustained throughout the 2015 season both Team Motul Suzuki riders are unable to compete at the season ending round of the Australian Supercross Championship this Saturday the 5th of December at Knight Stadium, Vic.
It is a disappointing end to the what has been a tough year for Matt Moss who currently sits third in the championship standings.
After rebounding from serious injuries sustained earlier in the year, Moss was in the fight to claim his third straight SX1 championship for Suzuki until a crash last weekend in Sydney put him out of contention.
Still in a position to finish the season with an overall podium result, Moss has worked hard early this week in order to be ready to give his team the farewell he was hoping for.
Unfortunately for with Moss the injury sustained to his leg at the AUS-X Open and concerns over the number of concussions he has suffered this year, he has been advised that riding this Saturday is not an option.
It is a disappointing end to what has been a disappointing year of racing, Moss commented.
We were right in the hunt for this title until last weekend and I would have liked nothing more to win this championship for those who have supported me over the past few years and also to send Jay, Jess and the team off in the way they deserved.
I have to thank everyone who has made the past few years possible, I have had some great support from sponsors, family and friends and the team. To walk away with four national championships over three years is a great feeling and something we can all be proud of.
For Kale Makeham the supercross season started on the wrong foot and never really improved.
Suffering and ankle injury at round one, Makeham tried to make a return to racing at round four and then again at round five last weekend and though he was able to make it through Saturday nights racing, his ankle continues to swell up after every ride leaving the Victorian no choice but to miss his home state race this weekend.
I am bummed I will be missing this weeks race, Makeham admitted. There is nothing better than riding in your home state in front of friends and family.
With the way the ankle is, there is just know way I could continue to keep riding, every time I ride at the moment it swells up like a balloon and the only way for it to recover is to rest it.
A big thanks to Team Motul Suzuki for the opportunity this year, while my results have not been where I wanted them to be in the second half of the year and I was sidelined for the majority of supercross, it was a great learning experience.
The move to the 450 class was a big eye opener and I will take a lot of valuable lessons into 2016.
For Team Manager Jay Foreman the premature end to the season brings an early close in what has been a fantastic career running the Suzuki factory team.
What can I say, in all the years I have been racing this is the first time my team has missed a race which is disappointing. Foreman commented.
Unfortunately both riders have been advised against riding due to their injuries and we will not be making the trip to Victoria this weekend.
While it is not the way I wanted my time running the team to end, I can look back and be proud of what we have achieved over the years.
There has been many titles along the way and we have worked with some of the best riders, mechanics and sponsors over the years and have also seen riders and mechanics come through the ranks and move on from our team to build successful international careers.
There are too many people to try and thank in one go, but I will speaking and personally thanking those who have supported us over the years, we are proud of what we have achieved and none of it would have been possible without the support of many others. Foreman concluded.