Both Jett and Hunter Lawrence had previously announced that they wouldn’t attend the 2021 Motocross of Nations, and now Australia has confirmed they won’t send a team at all.
Following the Budds Creek National the brothers spoke about not attending the event.
“Yeah, I’m definitely out,” Jett said. “It sucks, because I obviously really want to go. I can speak for Hunter and I, we both really want to go and represent our country. Just the people a lot higher than us, with visas and stuff, were not really allowing us and stuff like that. It is mainly just the people who are higher up in this world who are not letting us do this right now, so yeah.”
“It sucks. If it were completely up to Jett and myself, we would be there,” Hunter said. “Unfortunately, with everything kind of going on right now and stuff, it’s not really up to us to decide. It’s a bummer. It’s one of the coolest events all year. It’s awesome that you get to represent your country. It’s a bummer to miss it. Me and Jett were going to be on the team for the first time together, so we were looking at a really good team. Hopefully next year it is going to be a little more normal and we can be there.”
With Team USA out as well and many top European riders having elected not to attend as the event is smack dab in the middle of their season, the 2021 event is… well… yeah.
Here is the full release from Motorcycling Australia.
Motorcycling Australia today regretfully announce that it will not be sending a team to this month’s FIM Motocross of Nations (MXoN) to be held in Italy, due to significant COVID-19 regulations and restrictions.
MXoN is to be held on September 25 and 26, in Italy, however with border restrictions, stringent international travel restrictions which require special exemptions, vaccine and quarantine requirements in Italy and Australia, vaccine passports as well as contractual commitments of candidates and their teams, it is not possible to send a team.
With constant COVID-19 legislative changes both here in Australia and Europe it is not feasible, to have an Australian team participate.
It’s disappointing as this is an event the Australian motocross fans and industry look forward to, and we believed we could have fielded a very strong team this year, however the global pandemic has made the mission to send a team impossible.
We look forward to participating in 2022.
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