It is a good week to be an FIM Motocross World Championship fan, as four riders are set to return to racing. Six riders will be watching the Grand Prix of Trentino from afar, unfortunately, but at least that number has shrunk since the previous fixture. We have compiled the latest updates on all injured riders and put them in this one report.
In for the Grand Prix of Trentino.
Petar Petrov: Following a turbulent start to the season, in which he was tipped to achieve so much, Petar Petrov will return to racing at the scenic venue of Pietramurata. Petrov will sit alongside Adam Sterry in MX2, whilst Stephen Rubini drops down to the EMX250 division.
Alvin Ostlund: Alvin Ostlund suffered a concussion at the Grand Prix of Patagonia-Argentina, but was cleared two days later. A shoulder injury ruled him out of the following round, however, but that health issue has now been deemed strong enough for him to return to racing. The Kemea Yamaha squad will be at full-strength this weekend.
Conrad Mewse: After skipping the Grand Prix of Leon-Mexico to find himself, Conrad Mewse will return to racing at the highest level this weekend. "Determined for a good weekend," he wrote on social media. Mewse has scored just six points this season.
Michael Ivanov: After sustaining a crack in his left thumb, sore shoulder and blow to the head, Michael Ivanov wanted to wait until he was truly back to his best before returning to the FIM Motocross World Championship. He'll be joined at the Grand Prix of Trentino by his Vamo Racing Honda teammate, Lars Van Berkel.
Out of the Grand Prix of Trentino.
Iker Larranaga Olano: "Motocross continues to put me to the test," Iker Larranaga Olano wrote earlier this week. The Spaniard, who is riding for Husqvarna 8Biano Racing, fractured his fibula in Italy last weekend. The amount of time that he'll have to miss has not yet been determined.
Jordi Tixier: A cruel twist of fate robbed Jordi Tixier of an impressive finish in the qualifying heat at the Grand Prix of Patagonia-Argentina. Not only did the crash restrict him to the outside gate in the motos, it also left him with an injured knee. It was determined shortly after the event that surgery was needed on that ailment. It has now also been confirmed that he'll miss the Grand Prix of Trentino and then the European MXGP a week later.
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 injured his shoulder and was instructed to rest it for two weeks. He has now, however, returned to the doctor for further evaluation, which could either end with news that is good or bad. Stay tuned.
Bas Vaessen: Bas Vaessen was hopeful that he would be able to return from the collarbone injury that he sustained in Argentina quite quickly but, following successful surgery, it was determined that he would not be fit to race again until the Grand Prix of Latvia in May.
Chihiro Notsuka: A vicious fall in Argentina left Chihiro Notsuka with a fractured back and dislocated hip. His C6 and C7 have now been plated, but he will not get back on a bike for six months at least. His hip will not take as long to heal, according to a press release, so he'll be able to resume some light training in a couple of weeks.
Tommy Searle: Oh, Tommy Searle! The Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki rider is working towards a return, after sustaining a knee injury in the off-season. Pietramurata was originally tipped as the target for a return, but he hasn't even started riding yet.
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Sean Ogden