The MXGP of Russia only took place two weeks ago, but a lot has transpired since then. Five riders will return this weekend, but a handful of guys have also moved onto the sidelines. Catch up on all of that news, as well as the latest updates on thirteen riders, in this regular feature.
In for the MXGP of Lombardia.
Petar Petrov: Petar Petrov has had a season that has been taxing on both his mind and body. A dislocated shoulder in the Russian slop threatened to derail his final term aboard a 250F once more, but he will be racing this weekend.
Shaun Simpson: The hand injury that Shaun Simpson sustained at the Grand Prix of Latvia could not have come at a worse time, as he had just made a substantial amount of progress aboard his Wilvo Yamaha MXGP machine. He’ll have another shot at putting that to good use in the sand of Ottobiano this weekend.
Tim Gajser: It was unknown whether Tim Gajser was going to race on Tuesday, but the decision was eventually made to compete at an event that will undoubtedly attract thousands of Slovenian supporters.
Jorge Zaragoza: Remember Jorge Zaragoza? The Spaniard has not competed in a round of the FIM Motocross World Championship yet this year, but will make his international debut aboard an Ausio Yamaha this weekend.
Brent Van Doninck: A sprained wrist forced Brent Van Doninck to withdraw from the Grand Prix of Russia. The injury was not serious enough to keep him off of the bike for too long though, so he’ll be back in action this weekend.
Out of the MXGP of Lombardia.
Jeremy Van Horebeek: Jeremy Van Horebeek will almost certainly relinquish his grip on sixth in the series standings this weekend. A broken index finger was sustained in the qualifying race in Russia, but a return next week in Portugal may still be possible.
Hunter Lawrence: Everything was clicking for Hunter Lawrence when a fairly small crash left him with a compressed vertebra. The issue is reportedly too serious for him to even consider riding, so he’ll miss an undetermined amount of time.
Valentin Guillod: Valentin Guillod was caught up in that same first-turn crash as Jeremy Van Horebeek, but the injury that he sustained is a little more severe. A broken metacarpal in his hand will cause him to miss a month of racing at least.
Samuele Bernardini: A torn knee ligament will rule Samuele Bernardini out of his home Grand Prix. TM have hinted that Agueda is the earliest that he could possibly return.
Vsevolod Brylyakov: Vsevolod Brylyakov has elected to take his time with the paralyzed shoulder muscle that he sustained in The Netherlands. A timeline has not been placed on his recovery.
Calvin Vlaanderen: The highs and lows of this sport! Calvin Vlaanderen claimed his first podium finish at the Grand Prix of Latvia, but then broke his thumb just days later. There is currently no timeline on his recovery.
Tommy Searle: Tommy Searle was eager to return to racing at the Grand Prix of Lombardia, but a hand injury has forced him to delay his comeback yet again. Searle is questionable for Loket, but returning there is certainly a possibility.
Adam Sterry: Adam Sterry was en route to a season-best finish at the Grand Prix of Europe. A costly error left him with a torn ACL, however, which will cause him to miss the rest of the season. Morgan Lesiardo has been drafted in as his replacement on the Monster Energy KRT team.
Kevin Strijbos: Kevin Strijbos attempted to push through the pain of an injured elbow at the Grand Prix of Europe. It was not to be, however, and he was forced to withdraw with a considerable amount of pain. Strijbos is now back on a bike and eyeing up a return at the Grand Prix of Portugal.
Jaap Corneth: It is currently unknown whether Jaap Corneth will return from a fractured middle finger this weekend. Confirmation should be received shortly.
Jake Nicholls: After such a consistent run to start the season, Jake Nicholls was dealt some poor luck at the Grand Prix of Trentino. ‘45’ dislocated his hip without even crashing, believe it or not, so will now be sidelined for the foreseeable.
Davy Pootjes: “Feels like the man above us is just testing me," said Davy Pootjes following his latest setback at the Grand Prix of Patagonia-Argentina. The HSF Logistics KTM rider is now back on a bike, but there is no timeline on his return.
Chihiro Notsuka: A vicious fall in Argentina left Chihiro Notsuka with a fractured back and dislocated hip. His C6 and C7 were plated shortly after the incident, but he will not get back on a bike for around three more months. Notsuka is expected to return to MXGP in 2018.
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: ConwayMX