With the 2017 Motocross Of Nations quickly approaching, countries are setting their rosters for the international event. Over the weekend two teams made their announcements at the 2017 MXGP of Belgium, but one rider on the other side of the globe broke the news that he will have to skip this year's event. On Saturday, Marvin Musquin took to Instagram to say that he will not be a part of Team France, the two-time defending champions of the race, due to a surgery that will repair the torn meniscus in his knee. The Red Bull KTM rider suffered the injury during a practice session early in the 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship and while his results have steadily improved in recent rounds, evident in four straight moto wins and two overall victories in the previous two rounds, a full medical procedure is necessary to fix the damage.
This news comes one week after Eli Tomac stated that he will not race the 2017 Motocross of Nations for Team USA, citing the long schedule of Monster Energy Supercross, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, Monster Energy Cup, and the decision by Monster Energy Kawasaki to race the 2017 MXGP of USA in September.
Musquin's full statement regarding the 2017 Motocross of Nations is posted below…
This weekend Will be announced the French team for the Mx of Nations. I won't be part of the team because I will have to take care of my knee in September, once the season over. It's a disappointment for me but after talking with my doctor and my team I have to do what's best for my next season. I will be cheering on Team France to be on top of the podium again!