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Team Suzuki Press Office – February 24.

Suzuki World MXGP rider Arminas Jasikonis has been forced to miss the opening round of the 2017 MXGP World Championship due to visa issues that weren’t able to get sorted out in time for the gate drop at this weekend’s Qatar event.

After such a successful pre-season, everyone in the team is disappointed that AJ won’t be able to showcase his skills at this round, but expect him to be really fired-up for the second round in Indonesia in one week’s time.

General Manager Stefan Everts said: “AJ is back on a plane to Europe because he didn’t have the right visa. It’s a very bad break for him, after having a good pre-season and we were really looking forward to having him on the start line on the new RM-Z450WS. It is a big disappointment, especially for himself, but also for the whole team and Suzuki, to not see him here after all the work we’ve put in. This is how it is and we have to accept it, we should have taken care better on the visa issue and we will learn from this. I want to apologise to all our sponsors, partners and fans, and especially to Suzuki that he won’t be on the start line.”

Kevin Strijbos will be the sole MXGP rider at the event that gets underway with practice and qualifying this afternoon at the Losail International Circuit.

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