Spotlight on: The Injured Party

We all knew that it was going to happen eventually, right? There are always a handful of top riders that succumb to injury during the off-season each year. Before the start of December, it was actually going quite well. However, there has been an influx of injuries recently, which has forced some of the sport’s greatest stars to the sidelines, unfortunately.

Davi Millsaps was the first rider that succumbed to injury, but most people do not know that he has actually had two separate injuries to deal with. At the beginning of the off-season, he broke his foot, which set him back quite a bit. So, Davi was already behind with his testing at that point, and he is now out again with an injured knee. However, it is worth noting that he has not injured the same knee that ruled him out of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross series – it is a new injury. Strangely, the Rockstar Energy Racing team has been quite secretive about this injury. It has not been revealed what the problem is exactly, and how long he will out for.

However, it is quite obvious that the chances of Davi making it back for the start of the 2014 Monster Energy AMA Supercross season opener are extremely slim. If his crew thought that there was a chance of him making it back at round two or three, they wouldn’t have felt the need to sign Ivan Tedesco as a replacement rider. So going off of that, Millsaps might be out for quite a while, which is unfortunate – everyone was looking forward to finding out if Davi could replicate his success from one year ago.

If that was not a big enough blow, it was revealed in the next few days that Trey Canard had sustained a broken arm whilst practicing. Both Millsaps and Canard have had to overcome a lot of injuries in the past; so, it was very disappointing to see that they were on the sidelines again. Fortunately, we have a lot more details about the arm injury that Trey is dealing with, and it seems like he will only have to miss the first handful of rounds. Presumably, he will be back on his Muscle Milk Honda early on in January. So, his return date is going to depend on how long it takes him to get back up to speed.

It is a shame that Trey is going to have to give up his AMA Supercross title hopes – he looked very fast prior to his injury. There is no doubt in my mind that Canard would have battled for wins consistently over the seventeen rounds. I am quite interested to see how Trey and Davi impact the title race when they do return. Of course, they will not be in title contention. But, they will be taking points away from the title contenders each week, which could change the series standings dramatically by the time the series arrives in Las Vegas.

Unfortunately, two of the 250SX title contenders have also fallen to the sidelines, after some incidents whilst testing, which resulted in some quite serious injuries. It was going to be a big year for Justin Bogle, however he has five broken vertebra and a broken shoulder blade now, following a crash. Originally, he was scheduled to contest the 250SX West class, but he won’t be doing that now, obviously. Bogle and his team seem hopeful that he could make it back in time for the start of 250SX East, but that seems unlikely. Justin missed the whole of the 2013 AMA Supercross series with an injury, so it is vital that he impresses next year. However, this is going to depend on how long he is on the sidelines for, of course.

The Rockstar Energy Racing squad finally got the support that they deserve for next year. But they will debut their new KTM setup with just one of their original riders, as Joey Savatgy has joined his teammate on the injured list. I predict that Savatgy will be out for a lot of the 2014 AMA Supercross series, if not longer, as he has sustained a few injuries including broken ribs, a broken wrist, partially collapsed lungs and an AC separation. Interestingly, he broke a finger at the start of the off-season, as well. So like his teammate, Joey was already behind with his testing before these injuries ruled him out of the season opener.

Well, this is turning into a disaster! It was revealed last night that Marvin Musquin is on now on the sidelines, as well, after he sustained a torn ACL whilst practicing late last week. It was another blow to KTM, after losing both Millsaps and Savatgy already. Marvin was scheduled to ride the 250SX East class originally. Although that series does not start until the middle of February, Marvin is definitely going to miss the beginning of it; he may wait until the start of the outdoors. Unfortunately this means that Musquin isn’t going to capture a 250SX title in his career, as this is his final season on the 250f.

Obviously these injuries are a huge blow to both KTM and Honda; they have both lost some of their title contenders. Fortunately, each manufacturer has a very strong lineup, which means that they have other riders that can fill the hole left by these guys at Anaheim 1. Unfortunately, it does not look like the injuries are going to end there, as rumours suggest that Blake Baggett has sustained a broken foot; the team has not officially confirmed this though. Hopefully, everyone will stay healthy from this point onwards. Roll on January 4th!

Words by Lewis Phillips

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