The list of sidelined riders has shrunk considerably in recent weeks, as a lot of riders have managed to return to racing. Three more riders will hop back onto a bike at the Grand Prix of France, which is great news for the FIM Motocross World Championship, but two more guys have hobbled onto the sidelines.
|In for the MXGP of France|
Antonio Cairoli: Antonio Cairoli tweaked his left knee at the Grand Prix of Great Britain and has had limited time on the bike this week. Although the knee is not at one hundred percent and still swollen, the nine-time champion will take to the starting line tomorrow. It remains to be seen how much it will restrict him, if at all, and whether that will play into the hands of Jeffrey Herlings.
Benoit Paturel: Benoit Paturel injured his back at the Grand Prix of Latvia, hence why he pulled out of the following event. It does not sound like a significant injury was sustained, such as broken bones or a fracture, so he will be back in action at his home event this weekend. Paturel currently sits twenty-second in the championship standings.
Bas Vaessen: Bas Vaessen has experienced a significant amount of bad luck, much like Adam Sterry, but will return this weekend. Vaessen has been missing since the Portuguese race, after rupturing a muscle in his leg. It was initially stated that he would return at the Grand Prix of Lombardia, which is next weekend, so his recovery clearly went well.
Stephen Rubini: Stephen Rubini crashed in the waves at the Grand Prix of Latvia and sustained a long list of injuries. The Frenchman partially ruptured a ligament in his shoulder, suffered muscle damage, fractured his finger and had a hematoma behind his shoulder. So, taking all of that into consideration, it is very surprising that he will be on the starting line this weekend.
|Out of the MXGP of France|
Jed Beaton: Jed Beaton was edging towards a maiden win in the FIM Motocross World Championship, but had a horrific crash at the Grand Prix of Great Britain and is now expected to miss the rest of the current term. Beaton sustained a broken leg and broken ankle in the fall, so the F&H Racing Kawasaki squad are down to just two riders.
Adam Sterry: The heat got to Adam Sterry at the Grand Prix of Great Britain, so he could not compete in the final moto. Sterry then had more tests earlier this week and was told that he could not race this weekend, despite the fact that he planned too, as it would be a risky move. It remains to be seen if he will be able to tackle the Grand Prix of Lombardia next weekend.
Darian Sanayei: Darian Sanayei was always going to bow out of the current campaign early, in order to have his ACL repaired, but did not expect to be on the sidelines at this point. The knee did not hold up well in the races at the Grand Prix of Great Britain, so he made the decision to turn his attention to next year. Sanayei spoke about the injury in detail in an exclusive MX Vice podcast.
Alvin Ostlund: Alvin Ostlund was one of the many riders who got caught out by the waves at the Grand Prix of Latvia. The crash that he experienced was rather serious and, unfortunately, a broken ankle was sustained. Although it has not been confirmed how long it will take for him to recover, he will certainly not be on track anytime soon.
Todd Waters: Todd Waters was eager to make a splash in his HRC debut at the Grand Prix of Latvia, but his time aboard the bike was short-lived. A crash in qualifying fractured his collarbone, unfortunately, and surgery was performed shortly after that. It is likely that he will return next week, because he has now been back on the bike for around a week.
Jordi Tixier: Jordi Tixier initially wanted to return at the Grand Prix of Trentino, but then scrapped that idea after he struggled at an international race in France. Tixier had an additional break following that, in order to reach one hundred percent, and has now been back on the bike for a few weeks. It has not been specified when he will return to the Grand Prix paddock. Perhaps Loket would be a good bet?
Vsevolod Brylyakov: Vsevolod Brylyakov has had such a rough time of it in recent years and, unfortunately, suffered another blow at the Grand Prix of Russia. Brylyakov tore his ACL in the second moto and will miss a significant amount of time. In fact, there is a chance that he will not be able to return at all this year. Kemea Yamaha are braced for that and have drafted Anthony Rodriguez in as a replacement.
Brian Bogers: After shattering his foot whilst testing a CRF250R in November, Brian Bogers started riding at the end of March. Bogers then encountered more issues through that time, unfortunately, as a small crack on his foot was identified. There is a chance that he may not race at all this season, but he should be able to get to a couple of rounds in September.
Brian Hsu: Brian Hsu dislocated his shoulder whilst training in Italy before the Grand Prix of Europe. The shoulder was put back into place immediately and it was stated that he would not be out for too long. There has been no statement regarding his recovery, a timeline on his return or anything else though. Both Hsu and Bud Racing have been contacted for a comment.
Arnaud Tonus: It has been a difficult couple of months for Arnaud Tonus, with a handful of knocks and injuries. A dislocated shoulder that was sustained at LaCapelle Marival was the most devastating, as it required surgery and will rule him out for another three months or so. It is going to be quite some time before the Swiss star is seen on track again.
Milko Potisek: Milko Potisek tangled with another rider on the face of a jump at the MXGP of Europe and, as a result, fractured his ankle in two places. Potisek got the green light from his surgeon to begin riding a little over a week ago and has confirmed to MX Vice that he will strive to return in either Belgium or Switzerland.
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Monster Energy Media/Ray Archer