Kemea Yamaha’s Valentin Guillod is hoping to be close to full fitness for this weekend’s Grand Prix of Czech Republic at the Loket circuit after suffering a grizzly cut to his right hand ten days ago. The Swiss MXGP rookie, who has impressed in his first season in the premier class of the FIM Motocross World Championship, created a wound that needed over 20 stiches after falling while practicing at the Lommel circuit in Belgium.

“It was pretty disgusting actually and I’m still not sure what caused it but we think it was the front brake,” the former European Champion said. “I took special care to keep it clean and of course had a few days off the bike but I rode at a meeting near Geneva last weekend and everything was fine. What made it more complicated is that it was quite close to the wrist on the top of the hand and where the skin is always moving quite a lot.”

Guillod, third in the world in MX2 last year, has created attention by rising to seventh in the MXGP standings and scoring a top three moto result at Matterley Basin for the British Grand Prix. He has allegedly attracted heavy interest from two factory teams although his chances of completing a third term in Yamaha colours and with works backing was dealt a blow with confirmation last week that Jeremy Van Horebeek will partner Romain Febvre again at Monster Energy Yamaha in 2017.

The principal Yamaha squad could run a third bike – and has done in the past – but Guillod has a fractious relationship with World Champion Febvre and the pair clashed again on track at the recent Grand Prix of France. “At the moment I’m not too sure what will happen,” he commented. “The positive thing is that I have some interest and offers to think about. I like the Yamaha a lot but now both places are full in the factory team and with Kemea looking as though it could be MX2 only then we will have to see.”

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