This regular feature has a bit of a feel-good factor. Tommy Searle and Davy Pootjes have been on this list for a majority of the season, but have finally broken free of their respective health issues and will return to racing this weekend. Twelve riders will miss the Grand Prix of Switzerland though.
In for the MXGP of Switzerland.
Tommy Searle: Tommy Searle last sat on a starting line at the Paris-Lille supercross in November. That was two hundred and seventy-three days ago! It is unknown what to expect of Searle, but this is a track that should play to his strengths somewhat. The time off will obviously have an impact of some kind though.
Davy Pootjes: Davy Pootjes has been missing since the Grand Prix of Patagonia-Argentina, where he sustained a shoulder injury. Injuries have played a major part in his career over the last eighteen months and, consequently, the Dutchman will be eager to establish some kind of base over the coming rounds.
Out for the MXGP of Switzerland.
Bas Vaessen: Bas Vaessen has had some horrid luck this season. A black cloud has certainly been following the Suzuki World MX2 rider and, unfortunately, it struck again at Lommel. A collarbone injury was sustained in the first moto that will sideline him for the foreseeable.
Jordi Tixier: When will Jordi Tixier overcome this streak of bad luck? Whilst training for Lommel, Tixier landed on an abandoned machine and broke a rib. It is still too painful for him to even consider racing at this event.
Freek van der Vlist: Freek van der Vlist returned from a broken collarbone at the Belgian Grand Prix, but then sustained a shoulder injury that will sideline him at the next two rounds. There is currently no timeline on his recovery.
David Herbreteau: David Herbreteau was ready to tackle the bottomless sand of Lommel, but dislocated his left shoulder in training. The full extent of his injury has not been revealed and, unfortunately, there is no timeline on his recovery.
Petar Petrov: Petar Petrov will miss the rest of the FIM Motocross World Championship, as he sustained a shoulder injury at Ottobiano. ‘152’ has just been informed that he can begin rehabilitation. 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. Simpson is back on a bike and could potentially return in Sweden next weekend.
Valentin Guillod: Valentin Guillod won a round of the Swiss series seven days prior to Loket, but his hand could not take the toll of riding and more damage was done. ‘92’ will be on the sidelines for an additional two months, as a result of that, but is confident that he’ll return at the final round of the series and then hopes to race the Motocross of Nations.
Samuele Bernardini: A torn knee ligament will rule Samuele Bernardini out for the rest of the season. Anton Gole has, consequently, been drafted in as his replacement on TM Factory Racing. Bernardini’s current contract with TM is expected to expire at the end of this season.
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 had an additional surgery last week. Returning this year is questionable at this point.
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. Sterry was released from the Monster Energy KRT MX2 team last weekend and is now in need of a new ride for next year.
Jaap Corneth: Jaap Corneth was supposed to return from a fractured middle finger at the MXGP of Lombardia, but told us that he would not be racing anytime soon. It remains to be seen if Corneth will return to MXGP this season.
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, and has consequently retired from Grand Prix racing. The British rider announced that last month.
Chihiro Notsuka: A vicious fall in Argentina left Chihiro Notsuka with a fractured back and dislocated hip. There was a chance that Notsuka would return this season, but that has now been ruled out. The Japanese pilot is expected to return to MXGP in 2018.
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Suzuki-Racing.com