On Tuesday afternoon a rumor spread on the VitalMX forum that Marvin Musquin suffered a knee injury in the days leading up to his trip to France for the 2018 Paris Supercross. On Wednesday the promoters of the famed offseason event confirmed the news and announced that Musquin would not take part in the race. In order to make up for Musquin’s absence, the promoters tapped AutoTrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing teammates Justin Hill and Weston Peick as last-minute entrants to the international race.

The press release states that the extent of the injury is not yet clear and that Musquin will visit doctors for a full diagnosis.

The 2018 Paris Supercross will take place in the heart of the famed French metropolis on Saturday and Sunday. As is tradition for the event, a number of high-profile riders have been tapped to race, and the entry list will feature Jason Anderson, Justin Brayton, Zach Osborne, Tyler Bowers, Dylan Ferrandis, Vince Friese, Jace Owen, Ben LaMay, and Cameron McAdoo.

The press release from the promoters of the Paris Supercross is posted in full below…

While he was conducting a final testing session before his departure for France and the big meeting of the Arena Paris-La Defense this weekend, Marvin Musquin unfortunately suffered a knee injury that has forced to withdraw! The organizers made a last-minute replacement with Weston Peick and Justin Hill.

It was an obviously disappointed Marvin who made the news to the organizers: the prospect of being able to challenge the World Champion, Jason Anderson, for once on the soil of his country, was a challenge that was particularly close to his heart. The exact severity of the injury is not yet known and Marvin needs to consult his trusted doctor before knowing how much it will impact his program beyond the Paris Supercross.

The organizers have of course launched in search of pilots likely to replace, at short notice, their co-headlining which, with such a short time, was obviously a challenge. The official Suzuki team Joe Gibbs Racing, however, rose to the challenge and upset its program to allow both of its flagship drivers to participate. Weston Peick, King of Lille 2015 and Justin Hill, champion SX 250 2017, will jump on a plane in a few hours with luggage filled with factory parts they will ride on brand new RMZ 2019 made available by Suzuki France and the Amexio Team of Nicolas Aubin.

If you simply can not “replace” a driver like Marvin, from a sporting point of view, this new deal strengthens the American clan because Peick and Hill are really big customers and fierce competitors. At the same time Dylan Ferrandis, who arrived on the site in mid-afternoon on Wednesday, is ready to take up the torch, in the costume of the new Captain of the Team of France.