Whenever this list is put together at the start of the season, it is typically small and almost irrelevant. That is not the case this time around, however, as the off-season was particularly cruel to those contesting the FIM Motocross World Championship. Thankfully though, some riders managed to recover in time for the opening round in Argentina.
In for the MXGP of Patagonia-Argentina
Kevin Strijbos: In what was a dramatic couple of days for Standing Construct KTM, Kevin Strijbos broke his collarbone just hours before Valentin Guillod broke his leg. Strijbos returned rather quickly and even lined up at LaCapelle Marival, where he was quite impressive, so will be racing this weekend.
Julien Lieber: Julien Lieber sustained a knee injury at the final round of the FIM Motocross World Championship and spent a majority of the off-season recovering. Lieber has not had much time on his Monster Energy KRT 450F at all, but he will be on the line this weekend.
Petar Petrov: Petar Petrov broke his collarbone at the beginning of February, hence why he did not line up at the Hawkstone International. Although his time aboard a bike has been limited since then, just as one would expect, he has travelled to Argentina and will give it a good go. Petrov is gritty!
Out of the MXGP of Patagonia-Argentina
Tim Gajser: A simply horrid start for Team HRC. Tim Gajser caught his leg moments before hitting a jump at Mantova, then suffered a fractured jaw as a result. Gajser, a two-time winner at the Grand Prix of Patagonia-Argentina, could return at the second round in The Netherlands.
Jordi Tixier: An unfortunate run continues. Jordi Tixier, a former world champion, has spent a majority of his time on the sidelines in recent years and has only actually completed twenty-one rounds aboard a 450F. Tixier discovered that he had a damaged tendon in his hand following the Hawkstone International and went under the knife. A recovery time has not been specified.
Brian Bogers: Brian Bogers shattered his foot whilst testing a CRF250R in November and has not resumed riding yet. Initial reports suggested that he could return as soon as round three or four. However, it seems a miracle would have to occur for that to happen.
Arnaud Tonus: Arnaud Tonus has had a difficult couple of months, with a handful of knocks and injuries. The latest, a dislocated shoulder that was sustained at LaCapelle Marival, was the most devastating, as it required surgery and will rule him of the first portion of the FIM Motocross World Championship. There is no timeline on his recovery.
Valentin Guillod: Valentin Guillod needed to make a splash this season, in order to remind pundits just how capable he is aboard the bigger bike, but his hopes of doing that have been dashed by a pre-season injury. Guillod broke his leg in Spain and will miss a majority of the current campaign.
Anton Gole: One could argue that Anton Gole was a breakthrough star a year ago, hence why he landed a deal with the JK Racing Yamaha outfit. Gole will not be present at the first couple of rounds, however, as he sustained a broken scaphoid. Those specific injuries can be quite time consuming.
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