Sean Dylan Kelly joins Forward Racing for the next three Grand Prix.
Sean Dylan Kelly will stand in for Alex Escrig for the next three rounds in Misano, India, and Japan. Dylan Kelly will be the substitute for Escrig who hopes to return for the Indonesian Grand Prix.
After announcing his departure from the American Racing Team mid-way through the season, he will join Forward Racing. The American experienced arm pump issues, forcing Dylan Kelly to not return after the summer break. He was later replaced by Marcos Ramirez, with Joe Roberts joining the team next year.
Speaking about his departure, Dylan Kelly said: “Unfortunately, my time with the American Racing Team has come to an end. Obviously, this is a huge disappointment for me, but by no means is this the end of my Moto2 World Championship ambitions.
“As most of you know, my arm pump came back due to abnormal scar tissue growth and I had surgery during the summer break. After respecting the recovery time, I felt and was 100% ready to come back after Silverstone, but I have to be honest and say that this is where the team and I have differing opinions.
“This is not an easy time, but I look forward to confirming my plans for 2024 and sharing them with you all as soon as I can. In the meantime, I will be working hard to ensure I’m ready for any opportunity that might present itself from now until the end of the year.
“I want to thank Eitan, Avner, and John for all they’ve done for me these last few years and I wish them all well for the rest of the season.”
At the Pirelli tyre test, Sean Dylan Kelly joined the Forward Racing team, allowing the American to test the bike.
It is Sean Dylan Kelly’s second full season in the Moto2 World Championship and is currently 23rd in the standings. His teammate was Rory Skinner, who entered his first year in the Moto2 class. His best finish in the class came in the 2022 Indonesian Grand Prix, with an 11th-place finish.
Discussing the switch, Sean Dylan Kelly added: “I’m extremely happy to be back on the grid! I haven’t been riding a Moto2 since Assen so I’m extremely grateful for this opportunity from forward racing. Of course, I had to miss out on the British GP because I was recovering from my arm pump surgery done during the summer break.
“Now I feel 100% ready and I’m extremely excited for this opportunity. I want to wish Alex the best and I hope he comes back strong in Indonesia!”
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