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The 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship will begin at the spectacular venue of Neuquen, Argentina, this weekend, but sadly a handful of high-profile stars have not made the trip to the other side of the world. Who is missing exactly? A full list of riders can be viewed below. There is some positive news too, thankfully, as a handful of high-profile riders will push through various health issues and attempt to put on a good show for the thousands of fans who will flock to round one.
In for the MXGP of Argentina
Evgeny Bobryshev: Evgeny Bobryshev crashed in the second week of January and badly damaged his wrist, although nothing was broken or dislocated. The issue is healing, which is good news, but slowly. Bobryshev is set to compete at the Grand Prix of Patagonia-Argentina in an attempt to salvage something. All involved hope that the upcoming three-week break will be where things turn around.
Pauls Jonass: Pauls Jonass has faced a race against time in the weeks prior to the opening round of the 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship, as he got onto an FC 450 for the first time at the end of January. The torn ACL that he sustained in Turkey was the reason for that. Although he is still building himself up, he will race at the Grand Prix of Patagonia-Argentina in an attempt to garner as many points as possible.
Shaun Simpson: The off-season was positive for Shaun Simpson, even though it was marred by a dislocated shoulder that was sustained at Hawkstone Park. The injury was merely a bump in the road, however, as he was racing again at LaCapelle Marival a week later and will be at the first Grand Prix of the season. This race is the first Grand Prix for RFX KTM.
Glenn Coldenhoff: Glenn Coldenhoff had a vicious crash right before Christmas, which left him with a broken wrist and damaged back. Coldenhoff got back onto a bike at the beginning of February and, amazingly, will race at the Grand Prix of Patagonia-Argentina. Do not expect him to be at one hundred percent for the time being though.
Out of the MXGP of Argentina
Jed Beaton: Jed Beaton fell at the final hurdle, unfortunately, as a fall at the last pre-season event in France left him with fractured vertebrae and will stop him from lining up at the Grand Prix of Patagonia-Argentina. There is currently no timeline on his recovery.
Jeffrey Herlings: Jeffrey Herlings broke his foot in January and is not in a spot to even consider lining up at the highest level currently. There is a slim chance that he will return to racing at round two, the Grand Prix of Great Britain, but that is by no means confirmed. Herlings has an additional scan scheduled in two weeks.
Benoit Paturel: Benoit Paturel was really struggling with arm pump at the pre-season events in Italy and a trip to his doctor later confirmed that he needs surgery. That has now been completed, but he will skip the Grand Prix of Patagonia-Argentina. Paturel will be back at the Grand Prix of Great Britain.
Kevin Strijbos: Kevin Strijbos underwent surgery on his injured elbow, after riding in the United States back in February. The injury that hindered him throughout the final portion of the previous term had not healed correctly and, at the time of writing, there is no timeline on his recovery.
Brian Hsu: Brian Hsu tends to fly under the radar, especially when injured. Hsu is not here in Argentina, for instance, because of an unspecified back injury. There is currently no timeline on his recovery or real details on what has gone on. Hsu has had a horrific twenty-four months.
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