The fifth round of the 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship has finally arrived, following a lengthy five-week break that has allowed certain riders to let their bodies heal. Not everyone is going to be back in action over the weekend, unfortunately, but there are still five riders set to join their competitors in the intense MXGP and MX2 categories.
In for the MXGP of Lombardia
Calvin Vlaanderen: It is almost difficult to believe that Calvin Vlaanderen fractured his fibula at the previous round of the 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship. Vlaanderen had surgery straight after that and the five-week break then gave him enough time to recover. Although he only got cleared to ride this week, he will be racing at the Grand Prix of Lombardia.
Clement Desalle: Clement Desalle damaged the meniscus in his knee at the Grand Prix of The Netherlands, which obviously left him in need of surgery. That was performed immediately following round four, so that he would have enough time to recover and be ready to race at the Grand Prix of Lombardia. Desalle will be on track this weekend.
Mikkel Haarup: Mikkel Haarup broke his collarbone at the Grand Prix of Great Britain and then jumped on a bike again in the five-week break that has just concluded. Where will he be when the gates drop over the weekend? It remains to be seen, but it seems as though he is already close to one hundred percent. Haarup has secured one point thus far this season.
Kevin Strijbos: Kevin Strijbos has not raced at the highest level in eight months, almost unbelievably, so it will take some time for him to reach one hundred percent. Strijbos has been racing himself into shape over in Sweden and won a race in their domestic series last week, so will be competitive in the premier class in what will be his Grand Prix debut aboard a YZ450F.
Max Anstie: Max Anstie fell in moto two at the Dutch Masters round last weekend and later visited hospital with some pain in his elbow. No damage was suffered, thankfully, but sessions with a physio were required this week. Anstie will race this weekend and strive to build on his ranking of sixteenth in the series standings.
Out of the MXGP of Lombardia
Conrad Mewse: Conrad Mewse crashed at round two of the Maxxis British Championship and sustained a wrist injury that will sideline him for the next three rounds of the Grand Prix campaign. Surgery is scheduled for Friday and there is no timeline on his recovery.
Jose Butron: Jose Butron shattered his ankle whilst testing in the Czech Republic and will skip the remaining rounds of the 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship. Butron had another surgery today that lasted for a total of six hours and thirty minutes, which gives you an idea of the extent of his injuries.
Jeffrey Herlings: There were some who pegged this Grand Prix as the one that Jeffrey Herlings could return at, but it has just come too soon. Reports suggest that he is back on a bike, which is a positive step forward, but his return date has not been specified at this time.
Romain Febvre: Romain Febvre first got back on a bike on Tuesday last week but will not race at the Grand Prix of Lombardia. There is a good chance that he will return in Portugal next weekend, but if that does not happen then he will be back on track at his home Grand Prix at the end of the month.
Nathan Renkens: Nathan Renkens, who actually started his own team this season, fell at the Grand Prix of The Netherlands and tore his ACL. There is currently no timeline on his recovery, but he has had surgery and is out of the foreseeable.
Evgeny Bobryshev: Evgeny Bobryshev is slowly making progress with the wrist injury that he suffered back in January, although it remains to be seen just how long it is going to take for him to be back at one hundred percent. There is no timeline on his recovery currently.
Jordi Tixier: Jordi Tixier injured a small bone in his hand in the week prior to the Grand Prix of Trentino, so over a month ago, and it seems as though it has still not fully recovered. Tixier has been rather tight-lipped about the problem and therefore there are no specific details available to the public at this time.
Max Nagl: It was initially thought that Max Nagl would return at the Grand Prix of Lombardia this weekend, although there has been no confirmation of that and he is nowhere to be seen within the paddock. It seems as though his return has been delayed by a couple of weeks.
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: ConwayMX