Although we have breached the halfway mark in the FIM Motocross World Championship, the injury list has not grown too much in recent weeks. Three riders have joined the list of wounded guys, following the Grand Prix of Lombardia, but thankfully two high-profile names will return to action at Agueda.
In for the MXGP of Portugal.
Jeremy Van Horebeek: A broken index finger, which was sustained in Russia, forced Jeremy Van Horebeek to miss the MXGP of Lombardia. ‘89’ already feels confident enough to return to racing though, even though he has had limited time aboard his Monster Energy Yamaha YZ450F.
Kevin Strijbos: Kevin Strijbos has ridden six or seven times since injuring his elbow at the MXGP of Europe, but will make his return this weekend. Strijbos is eager to get his feet wet and establish some momentum ahead of the final seven rounds.
Out of the MXGP of Portugal.
Petar Petrov: Petar Petrov is expected to miss the rest of the FIM Motocross World Championship, as he sustained a shoulder injury in his return at Ottobiano. Petrov will be forced to enter the MXGP class next year, because of the age-restriction rule, so his time on a 250F is now complete.
Shaun Simpson: Shaun Simpson completed just eighteen laps in his return to racing at the MXGP of Lombardia, but then sustained arm and elbow injuries in the first turn of the qualification heat. Returning at Assen in September now seems like a realistic goal.
Darian Sanayei: Darian Sanayei succumbed to the heat at the MXGP of Lombardia and has stated that he needs a little more time to recover. The Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki rider will definitely be back on track at the MXGP of Czech Rep.
Hunter Lawrence: Everything was clicking for Hunter Lawrence when a fairly small crash left him with two compressed vertebrae. ‘96’ wanted to return at this Grand Prix, but doctors have urged him to rest for an additional two weeks.
Valentin Guillod: Valentin Guillod was caught up in that same first-turn crash as Jeremy Van Horebeek, but the injury that he sustained was 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 Agueda. The summer break that follows this Grand Prix should give him a sufficient amount of time to recover. Anton Gole has been drafted in as his replacement on TM Factory Racing.
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, but he still has not started riding.
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, as he explained in our exclusive interview, 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 MX2 team.
Jaap Corneth: Jaap Corneth was supposed to return from a fractured middle finger at the MXGP of Lombardia, but he will not be racing at all anytime soon.
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. He has stated that he will not rush his recovery at all.
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 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. Notsuka was not supposed to return at all this year, but it now sounds like there is a chance that he could return for one of the final rounds. The Japanese pilot is expected to return to MXGP in 2018.
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: ConwayMX