The Fédération Française de Motocyclisme announced today that Marvin Musquin has been replaced on Team France for the 2021 Motocross of Nations.
Musquin, who tested positive for COVID-19 at the end of August and has been absent from the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship since Ironman, “is still very weakened physically by the virus,” according to the announcement, and has been forced to withdraw from the event.
“Marvin was motivated and happy by the French selection, we wish him a good recovery and hope to find him in great shape quickly,” the announcement reads.
He will be replaced by Benoît Paturel, who will line up in the MXGP category. This is the second time Paturel has competed for the team at the event.
Recently crowned 450 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Champion Dylan Ferrandis will not compete, neither will Romain Febvre, who is currently second in the FIM Motocross World Championship.
There are reasons behind this move, though. Ferrandis’ Star Racing Yamaha team is moving their base from California to Florida after the Pro Motocross season and there is rumors that due to the move, they wouldn’t be able to support members of the team at the event this year.
Febvre, on the other hand, has stated that he wants to remain focused on the title chase in MXGP. The 2021 Motocross of Nations takes place on September 25-26 in Mantova, on the weekend between rounds 10 and 11 of the championship.
Tom Vialle (MX2) and Mathys Boisramé (Open) are still slated to compete for the team.
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