The 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship continues on at the historic circuit of Valkenswaard, in The Netherlands, this weekend. The track is playing host to the third round of nineteen and the second race in a three-week span. It is hardly surprising, bearing the latter in mind, that there has not been much time for riders to recover and prepare for this weekend. Who is returning from injury in the sand though? A comprehensive list of updates can be found below.
In for the MXGP of The Netherlands
Jorge Prado: Jorge Prado withdrew from the second round on the Grand Prix schedule, due to a hematoma beneath his left shoulder blade, but will return to racing at the Grand Prix of The Netherlands this weekend. Red Bull KTM stated that he will try race, which may say a lot about his current condition and how well that things are going to go. Time will tell.
Brent Van Doninck: Brent Van Doninck injured his knee at the Grand Prix of Great Britain, hence why he did not compete, but tested the ailment out earlier in the week and realised that he will be able to compete at the Grand Prix of The Netherlands. Van Doninck currently sits twenty-first in the championship standings with eight points to his name.
Out of the MXGP of The Netherlands
Jeffrey Herlings: Jeffrey Herlings broke his foot in January and is not in a spot to even consider lining up at the highest level at the moment. Herlings has not learnt that he can begin riding at the end of April though, so things are going to start moving soon enough. Could he be back for the Grand Prix of Lombardia?
Evgeny Bobryshev: Evgeny Bobryshev is having a tough time with an undiagnosed wrist injury he sustained in January. Nothing was broken, nor was it dislocated, but it is still not healing quite as expected. Bobryshev will be out for the foreseeable whilst he attempts to diagnose the issue.
Dean Ferris: Dean Ferris had an awful debut with the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing squad, as he ended the Grand Prix of Great Britain with an injured knee. That issue will force him to miss Valkenswaard. It sounds like his status for the Grand Prix of Trentino next weekend is yet to be determined.
Romain Febvre: Romain Febvre crashed extremely hard in the second moto at the Grand Prix of Patagonia-Argentina and broke his talus, which is a bone that makes up a part of his ankle joint. There is currently no timeline on his recovery. Febvre will be present in Valkenswaard.
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. Strijbos has not started riding yet.
Iker Larranaga: Iker Larranaga crashed rather hard at the opening round of the 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship and immediately moved onto the sidelines with a broken collarbone. There is good news at this point though, as his return has been pencilled in for the Grand Prix of Trentino next weekend.
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 was completed before round one in Argentina and it has now been confirmed that he will return at the Grand Prix of Trentino next weekend.
Brian Moreau: Brian Moreau was very impressive when he first hit the track at the Grand Prix of Patagonia-Argentina, but it did not last long. Moreau crashed in time practice and cracked his arm. It has not yet been confirmed when he will return to racing.
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: ConwayMX