Monster Energy/Yamaha Star Racing announced today that rookie Nick Romano will miss the last three rounds of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross after sustaining a thumb injury earlier this week while testing at the team’s track in Cairo, Georgia.
“Well, they say this sport is full of highs and lows and that it is,” Romano wrote on Instagram. “Had a small crash Monday and tucked the front end over a roller, and that resulted in a ulnar collateral ligament tear in my left thumb that requires surgery. Sucks to end the season like this after a helluva weekend at unadilla, but one thing I can say is that this is just fueling the fire for next year. Dirtbikes will get ya, but man I’m already looking forward to dropping the gate in some SX Good luck to all my teammates the rest of the season.”
The New York native was coming off a season-high of fourth in the first moto at Unadilla.
The team has also announced a surprise replacement for Romano at Budds Creek. Spain’s Guillem Farres will join the 250 team at Budds Creek this weekend.
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From Balsareny, Spain, Farres is one of the sport’s up-and-coming talents. In 2020, he was crowned champion in the Spanish national motocross championship’s 125cc class and is currently leading the MX Youngster Cup, the 250 class in the German national motocross championship. The 19-year-old has also won some rounds this season in the European Motocross Championship and has scored three top 10 finishes in the FIM World Motocross Championship’s MX2 class. Guillem will also compete in this year’s Motocross of Nations at RedBud for Team Spain in the MX2 category.
Jensen Hendler – Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing 250 Team Manager
“We were really impressed with Guillem and are looking forward to seeing what he can do this weekend. We’re bummed for Nick. He really had a great ride at Unadilla, and we were looking forward to this weekend, but that’s racing. The team has been hard at work all week, and we’re ready for Budds Creek!”
Guillem Farres – Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing
“It all started two weeks ago when I got the call to come over here while I was on a little holiday in Spain. In the beginning, I couldn’t believe it, and I just figured out a way to come here to America. I was not supposed to race, but I had a good week. I think they were happy, and I was really happy with the bike, everyone, and how things were going. They offered me to ride at Budds Creek, which is a dream for me. I’m really grateful for the opportunity, and I’m really looking forward to the weekend. The bike is unbelievable, and everyone on the team has been really helpful and friendly to me. We will see how it goes, but I’m really pumped and motivated to race this weekend.”
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