A majority of injured riders set the first round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross series as the target for their return, but who has actually made it back on time? Here is a comprehensive list of injury updates.
In for Hangtown.
Alex Martin: Alex Martin withdrew from the Monster Energy Supercross series, following that collision with Christian Craig during a practice session. ‘26’ is back now, however, and ready to tackle the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross series.
Weston Peick: It was unknown whether Weston Peick was going to make it back in time for Hangtown, but he is just about ready. It may take a while for him to get back up to speed though.
Jeremy Martin: Jeremy Martin was struggling with discomfort from a herniated disc in his back, so missed the final three rounds of the 250SX West series to focus on the outdoors. The two-time Lucas Oil Pro Motocross champion is back now.
Broc Tickle: A fractured bone forced Broc Tickle to miss the final two rounds of Monster Energy Supercross. ‘20’ is now back on track.
Colt Nichols: Colt Nichols has a way of recovering from injuries quite quickly, it seems, as he only injured his knee two months ago. ‘39’ will contest the 250MX class this weekend.
Cole Seely: After struggling with an existing injury in East Rutherford, Cole Seely is back to one hundred percent for the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross opener.
Out of Hangtown.
Davi Millsaps: Multiple wrist injuries plagued Davi Millsaps during Monster Energy Supercross, so he has withdrawn from the outdoors to get those ailments fixed. Millsaps is adamant on social media that he will make it back for some rounds.
Jordon Smith: Jordon Smith is still dealing with a painful back, following that monstrous crash at the Las Vegas finale. Smith attempted to ride press day at Hangtown, which was held on Thursday, but had to withdraw from the event almost immediately.
Trey Canard: Trey Canard’s struggles continue. After withdrawing from Monster Energy Supercross with a virus, he returned to riding and broke his collarbone. Canard is still recovering from that, unsurprisingly, so will miss Hangtown.
Jimmy Albertson: Jimmy Albertson is out indefinitely, as he suffered the following injuries during supercross: A fracture of the manubrium and body of the sternum, fractured T5 through T7 vertebrae, compression of the T4 through T6, epidural hematoma at T5, bilateral patchy lung contusions and a left metacarpal fracture.
Chase Sexton: A broken femur, which was sustained in Atlanta, will stop Chase Sexton from racing Hangtown. The Geico Honda rider has gotten back on a bike though.
Matt Bisceglia: Matt Bisceglia will miss the first couple of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross rounds, as he continues to recover from a broken leg. Bisceglia is expected to return before the halfway point.
Benny Bloss: A fractured humerus and dislocated shoulder, sustained during Monster Energy Supercross, will cause Benny Bloss to miss the first few rounds of the outdoors.
RJ Hampshire: After breaking his tibia and fibula in March, RJ Hampshire was shooting for a return at Hangtown. It has now become apparent that that will not be the case, however, so Geico Honda are still missing a rider.
Ken Roczen: The injuries that Ken Roczen sustained to his wrist, arm and elbow continue to keep him on the sidelines. The Honda HRC pilot is not expected to jump back on a bike any time soon.
Phil Nicoletti: Phil Nicoletti is hopeful that he will be able to return before the end of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross, after bowing out with an injury at round six of Monster Energy Supercross.
Chris Alldredge: A partially collapsed lung, fractured pelvis, lacerated liver, fractured rib and fractured L1, L2, L3, and L4 continue to sideline Chris Alldredge.
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: KTM Images