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James Stewart

Confirmation that Ben Townley has been injured.

Ben Townley postpones return to Europe.

Ben Townley was injured last Sunday, while practicing at a private training facility in his native New Zealand.

The 2004 MX2 World Champion was unfortunate, as he broke his jaw in the crash and underwent surgery yesterday. His jaw has been successfully repaired and Ben will have to rest for a couple of weeks before coming back in Europe to enter his new challenge after racing successfully in the USA.

"I was completing my last 30 minutes moto for the day when I got cross rutted on one of the jumps and went down hard, hitting my jaw on the crossbar of the handlebars. On the positive side it was a clean break and doctors have gone in through the inside of my cheek and put a plate in. It's going to be a bit awkward for the next few days but I've been through so much in the last few years I'm sure I'll get over this one pretty quickly” said Townley who will be now be back in Europe a few weeks before the opening round of the FIM MX1 World championship in Sevlievo (Bulgaria) on April 10.

Meanwhile, Kawasaki riders prepare themselves for 2011 season.Looking ahead to a fresh start of the Motocross World Championship season, it’s safe to say that Kawasaki will be one of the strongest forces in the motocross paddock. Kawasaki riders prepare themselves for 2011 season 

No less than three teams will represent the brand in the MX1 and MX2 World Championships.

Last season has been pretty tough for the Kawasaki Racing Team, which was so unfortunate that the three riders of the team missed a couple of GPs due to injuries. But with a podium at the final round in Italy the team ended the season in a very positive way, and the team are currently working hard to achieve more podium finishes in 2011.

Since January 1st, Yves Demaria has joined the team as sports manager, and both Sébastien Pourcel and Xavier Boog are training in Demaria’s native Southern France area where the weather is perfect to prepare the season.

The conditions are also very good for Jonathan Barragan, who has been  training in California, like the past years, before coming back to Europe in the beginning of February. Then, the three riders will start testing the 2011 model that they will be using during the pre-season races.

The Valence International MX on February 20th will be the first race for the team, which will then split up temporarily, as Jonathan and Xavier entered respectively the Spanish and French series, while Sébastien will be doing selected British events including Hawkstone Park on March 20th.

Team CLS will enter its second season with the US company Pro Circuit, and on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean technicians and engineers are working hard to develop the KX250F. With three new riders involved in both classes, the team expects more than a GP win this season in the MX2 class, as well as good results in the MX1 category.

Both racing in the US last season, Tommy Searle and Max Anstie spent winter time in California, close to the Pro Circuit headquarters, and in the best possible conditions. They both will be back in Europe for testing sessions in early February. The first races are scheduled in France the end of February, with an International event in Lacapelle Marival and then selected rounds of the French Elite championship.

Foreign riders are allowed to participate, but can’t score points for the series. Both Tommy and Max will have the opportunity to meet their fans in Hawkstone Park, the last Pre Season International race before the opening GP in Bulgaria. Ben Townley will join the team as soon as his latest injury allows and will be racing only a few selected events to finalise his preparations for a comeback in the MX1 World series.

Team Rockstar Bud Racing Lovemytime Kawasaki started the new season with a strong result as Dylan Ferrandis won the junior class in the French enduro of Le Touquet, and after the European SX title of Grégory Aranda the team is strongly motivated for the new season. All the team members are currently training and testing in the vicinity of the team’s workshop in Hossegor, where Grégory and Davide have arrived in the end of January. Greg had a short winter break after his successful Supercross program, while Davide has had a minor knee surgery and had to rest for a couple of weeks.

Both riders are now working with Jacky Vimond and the team staff, alongside Dylan Ferrandis and Livia Lancelot, in order to prepare the Valence International MX race. Then Davide will race the International series – four races between February 27th and March 27th – in Italy, while Greg and Dylan will enter the French Elite championship with four rounds – between March 6th and April 3rd – prior to the GP of Bulgaria.