Whenever the FIM Motocross World Championship returns to Europe following a handful of flyaway rounds, a lot of teams and riders use it as an opportunity to smash the reset button. So, bearing that in mind, it is not surprising at all that there is so much injury news to report on the eve of the Grand Prix of Czech Republic.
|In for the MXGP of the Czech Republic|
Brian Hsu: Brian Hsu expected to be back in action just a couple of weeks after breaking his collarbone in the days prior to the Grand Prix of Europe. However, four months have been and gone since then and he is only just about to return to the highest level. Hsu has had no noteworthy results at all in the last twelve months and must perform to remind the industry that he is indeed capable.
Jago Geerts: Jago Geerts hit the dirt hard on the sighting lap at the recent event in Asia and was carried off on a stretcher, as he twisted his knee and sprained an ankle. It is hardly surprising that he will be back in the starting line this weekend, seeing as those injuries were fairly minor, and he should be close to one hundred percent. Geerts sits seventh in the standings currently.
Jordi Tixier: Jordi Tixier has had a torrid time of it since he stepped up to the premier division a couple of years ago, but will attempt to get onto the right track on Sunday. Tixier injured a tendon in his hand at the Hawkstone International way back in February, which was obviously a very long time ago, but is finally ready to return. This Grand Prix will also mark the first time that BOS GP have had a full awning.
Davy Pootjes: Davy Pootjes was left battered and bruised following a crash in warm up at the previous Grand Prix and, consequently, skipped a national event last weekend as well. Pootjes stressed that he did not break any bones though, hence why he is able to return to racing at this weekend's event. Tenth is the position that he currently occupies in MX2.
Henry Jacobi: An infection ruled Henry Jacobi out of the Grand Prix of Asia, but it was actually quite serious. It left so much pressure inside his brain that he felt like he was going to pass out when hitting the jumps in Indonesia. Jacobi returned to racing at a national event last weekend and things went well, so he is set to return to the world stage this weekend.
Petar Petrov: Petar Petrov broke his thumb a little over a month ago but was adamant that he was going to push through that pain. It was not possible, however, and he had to watch from the sidelines at the last three events. Petrov has been focussed on Loket for a while now, as he highlighted this event as the point that he would return to racing very early on.
Antonio Cairoli: Antonio Cairoli is still dealing with the thumb injury that he sustained at Pangkal Pinang but believes that will get closer to one hundred percent quite soon. Speaking to MX Vice exclusively at the previous round in Asia, he confirmed that it should take three weeks from that point. So, bearing that in mind, one would presume that he will still struggle with the ailment at round fourteen.
Shaun Simpson: Shaun Simpson has had a horrid time recently and things did not get better in Indonesia, as he picked up a rather serious infection. Simpson confirmed that has been flushed out of his system now, thankfully, so he will get back on track this weekend and attempt to garner some momentum. The ribs that he bruised at Ottobiano are obviously closer to one hundred percent at this point too.
|Out of the MXGP of the Czech Republic.|
Arminas Jasikonis: Arminas Jasikonis has struggled a lot since he hit the dirt at the Grand Prix of France last month, hence why he left Indonesia earlier than planned. It now seems as though Jasikonis is going to miss a significant period, as he will not be on the starting in the Czech Republic or at the following event in Belgium. Confirmation on his status for the rest of the season will be provided next week.
Brian Bogers: Brian Bogers has officially started his rehabilitation programme. A cast was removed ten days ago, so the focus is now on regaining range of motion and muscle. Another check up with the doctor is scheduled in eight weeks and then it will become clear when he will be able to ride again. Bogers is obviously not going to race this year.
Iker Larranaga Olano: Iker Larranaga Olano is on the road to recovery now, although he will still be sidelined for quite some time. Larranaga got discharged from hospital in Germany earlier this week, after spending two weeks there with a pair of dislocated shoulders, but there is no specific timeline on his recovery. There appears to be no doubt that he will come back stronger.
Ruben Fernandez: Ruben Fernandez crashed out of the Grand Prix of Lombardia and sustained a broken wrist. There is currently no timeline on his recovery, but it is unlikely that he will make it back for one of the remaining rounds. There is not a firm timeline on his recovery though. Adam Sterry is the sole rider beneath the F&H Racing awning currently.
Jorge Zaragoza: Jorge Zaragoza is dealing with two torn meniscus, a torn ACL and then a fractured tibia and femur. The severity of the injury was not determined until May and he then had to wait a month for the fractures to heal before he could undergo surgery. Zaragoza has done that now, but still faces a very long road to recovery.
David Herbeteau: David Herbreteau had to end his season prematurely following his home Grand Prix, as he dislocated his shoulder for the third time and had to undergo surgery. Herbreteau will focus on next year when he does eventually return to riding.
Darian Sanayei: Darian Sanayei was always going to bow out of the season early but did so earlier than planned. The torn ACL that he said sustained in April did not hold up well at all whilst riding, hence why he is now recovering from surgery in the United States and focussing on his final term in MX2.
Jed Beaton: Jed Beaton was edging towards the front of the field before he had a horrific crash at Matterley Basin, which left him with a broken leg and ankle. It seems as though Beaton is not going to return at all this year, which is not much of a shock, so his attention will turn to next year.
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 had left him with a broken ankle that he is currently dealing with whilst on the sidelines. There is no timeline on his recovery, but time is running out.
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. A torn ACL was sustained in moto two and forced him onto the sidelines for a significant period. It is unlikely that he will return at all this year.
Arnaud Tonus: It has been a difficult couple of months for Arnaud Tonus, with a handful of knocks and injuries. Tonus is still recovering from the dislocated shoulder that was sustained in France in February, almost unbelievably, and will almost certainly miss the rest of the current term.
Milko Potisek: Milko Potisek fractured his ankle in two places, after tangling with another rider in March, but has his sights set on either Lommel or Frauenfeld-Gachnang for his return. It will not be long at all until the popular Frenchman is back on track at a competitive level.
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Yamaha Racing