An influx of injuries have pushed some of the elite FIM Motocross World Championship riders onto the sidelines, unfortunately, as six more guys will be watching the Grand Prix of Leon from afar. We have compiled the latest updates on all injured riders and put them in this one report.
Out of the GP of Leon
Jordi Tixier: A cruel twist of fate robbed Jordi Tixier of an impressive finish in the qualifying heat at the Grand Prix of Patagonia-Argentina. Not only did the crash restrict him to the outside gate in the motos, it also left him with an injured knee. It was determined earlier this week that surgery is needed on that ailment, so he'll be out for a handful of weeks at least.
Davy Pootjes: "Feels like the man above us is just testing me," said Davy Pootjes following his latest setback. The HSF Logistics KTM rider injured his shoulder in Argentina and, although it initially looked like he was going to be ready for round four, he has been instructed to rest it for another two weeks.
Alvin Ostlund: A concussion sidelined Alvin Ostlund at the previous MXGP fixture, but he was cleared to race soon after that. His return has been pushed back, however, so we will not see him again until the Grand Prix of Trentino in two weeks.
Bas Vaessen: Bas Vaessen was hopeful that he would be able to return from the collarbone injury that he sustained in Argentina quite quickly but, following successful surgery, it was determined that he would not be fit to race again until the Grand Prix of Latvia in May.
Chihiro Notsuka: A vicious fall in Argentina left Chihiro Notsuka with a fractured back and dislocated hip. His C6 and C7 have now been plated, but he will not get back on a bike for six months at least. His hip will not take as long to heal, according to a press release, so he'll be able to resume some light training in a couple of weeks.
Conrad Mewse: Conrad Mewse has left both fans and his team bewildered through the first three rounds of the FIM Motocross World Championship. A lack of confidence has caused the disappointing finishes and, as a result, his team have told him to take some time off.
Petar Petrov: Petar Petrov, who most had tipped to achieve career-best results this year, was already injured entering the first round. A further crash forced him to re-evaluate his situation and head for the sidelines. Petrov has now started riding again, however, and could be back as soon as round five, but that remains unconfirmed at this stage.
Michael Ivanov: A crash in the first moto of the season left Michael Ivanov with a crack in his left thumb, sore shoulder and blow to the head. Ivanov actually returned to racing at the Dutch Masters of Motocross last weekend, but it was decided that he won't return to MXGP until the Grand Prix of Trentino. His Vamo Racing Honda, however, is actually at the track still.
Tommy Searle: Oh, Tommy Searle! The Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki rider is working towards a return, after sustaining a knee injury in the off-season. Pietramurata was originally tipped as the target for a return, but it has now been confirmed that that is unrealistic. The earliest that we will see Searle is the Grand Prix of Latvia.
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Monster Energy Media