In for the GP of Belgium…
- Max Anstie saw his impressive streak of victories come to an end last weekend, when he crashed out of the second MX2 moto. He limped back to the pits, but later confirmed that he didn’t sustain any injuries. He’ll be on the line this weekend, at the site of his maiden GP win, and looking for redemption.
- Steven Frossard had minor knee surgery this week, after experiencing intense pain in Loket due to a little piece of meniscus. The team were unavailable for comment, but all signs indicate that he will be back racing this weekend. He still has a point to prove to many in the paddock, after all.
Out for the GP of Belgium…
- Antonio Cairoli has finally had to give up on his title defense, as the pain of the elbow and hand injuries that he sustained at his home GP in June have proven to be too much. The Sicilian missed a GP last weekend for the first time since the 2011 finale, and will be out of action this weekend too.
- Jeffrey Herlings has had an incredible amount of bad luck this year, but nothing can compare to the pain he experienced last week. The Red Bull KTM rider dislocated his hip in the qualifier and, consequently, will miss the remainder of 2015. Get well soon, Jeffrey!
- David Philippaerts crashed hard after a freak mechanical issue at Loket, and sustained a small elbow fracture. This injury will rule him out for round fourteen this weekend, but he is hoping to make it back in time for Mantova.
- Max Nagl has been back on a bike for a little while now, but unfortunately the pain in his ankle is still a little too much and will cause him to sit out for another week. Any outside shot he had at the title has also disappeared now, also, so there is no rush.
- Ken de Dycker is still on the sidelines after breaking his right shoulder in two places at the German GP. His recovery was originally slated to take six weeks, so we are getting closer to seeing him back on a bike. The Red Bull KTM squad should be at full strength in MXGP by the end of the year.
- Ryan Villopoto has retired, folks, and I probably don’t need to include him here. However, we continue to get asked whether he’ll be racing or not so we’ll keep him in this feature until those questions stop. It’s over!
- Alessandro Lupino had shoulder surgery just before Loket and, although there is no official word from his camp, he is expected to miss the remainder of 2015. It’s been a rough season for the MXGP rookie.
- Aleksandr Tonkov injured his right shoulder at the same race as Ken de Dycker, although his injury is a little more serious. We won’t see the likeable Russian until the 2016 season fires into life! The question is, which bike will he have beneath him? We’ve heard a Standing Construct Yamaha is quite likely.
- Dylan Ferrandis must look at this as a missed opportunity, as he was the clear second best rider when a knee injury ruled him out after the Spanish GP. He won’t return to racing at any point this year, but will be back for another go in 2016!
- Mel Pocock has not yet specified a date for his return, after that horrific hand injury at the start of the year. He is training off the bike though, to ensure that he’ll be ready to go once he is able to ride again.
- Yentel Martens limped across the line in the first EMX300 moto in Sweden and then didn’t appear for the second, although he was wandering around with a wrist brace on. It was revealed last week that he won’t be finishing the series, due to a scaphoid injury, and will consequently see the title slip away.
- Lewis Gregory briefly returned to racing last weekend, at the Czech GP, but pulled out after qualifying as he was still in some discomfort with his back. He has made the smart decision to sit out this weekend, also. GL12 Racing have drafted in Brad Anderson as his replacement.
Words: Lewis Phillips | Image: KTM/Ray Archer