Dylan Long to replace injured Jake Moss
NPS Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team’s Jake Moss, has unfortunately injured his left leg while training in preparation for his debut appearance in the second half of this year’s MX Nationals series.
In a separate incident earlier this year, Jake injured his right leg preventing him from mounting his Kawasaki KX450F for the first half of the series.
“Jake has suffered a severe fracture to his left fibular,” Troy Carroll, Team Manager of the NPS Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team commented. “This was a severe case of a broken bone however Jake should make a full recovery and he has recently proven his determination and ability to do so before this accident.”
Jake Moss is planning his recovery saying, “It’s really bad luck to have injured my other leg. After a lot of training I was back to 100% after a similar accident earlier this year so I know I can come back strong again. It’s just a matter of being patient, keeping my head up and getting back into training as soon as possible so that I can get back to doing what I love, racing.”
While Jake Moss recovers Dylan Long will join the Kawasaki factory motocross team, to replace Jake Moss in the remaining rounds of the 2015 MX Nationals. The 20 year old Victorian is competing in the MX1 class for the first time this year and he has already established a reputation for being fast and calculated on a 450cc motocrosser.
“I am personally very excited for Dylan to come on board after watching his performance and speed throughout the season. Dylan has an impressive racing history on smaller capacity bikes and he is harnessing that experience in his first year of competing in the MX1 class. He is 7th overall on the leaderboard after the fifth round which is a phenomenal accomplishment. Having the support and infrastructure of a factory team is paramount and I know that we can unlock some more of Dylan’s potential on a Kawasaki KX450F.” commented Team Manager, Troy Carroll. “I can’t thank Adam Jafer enough for releasing Dylan from Tattoo Racing and allowing him to race for the NPS Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team.”
Racing for a factory motocross team has been a lifelong goal for Dylan Long. “It’s awesome, this is what we all strive for as privateers. All the hard work has paid off. I have ridden the KX450F before in my own time and I think they are great bikes so I am ecstatic to be racing one now and for the Kawasaki factory team, I couldn’t ask for much more than that.” Dylan said.
“I am usually pretty good with adapting to bikes and a new team environment so I am sure I will hit the ground running and make the most of this opportunity.”
“Coming into the series I wanted to finish top 10 every race, which I have. Since round 4 at Murray Bridge I’ve realised my potential and wanted to get to top 5 but due to bad luck in last few round I’ve dropped back. I know where I can be and I think racing on the factory KX450F will definitely help me get within the top 5 this year.” commented Dylan.
Dylan will have ample time to familiarise with his KX450F before the next round at Raymond Terrace on July 5th.