Waiting Room: GP of the Netherlands

In for the GP of the Netherlands…

  • David Philippaerts sustained a small elbow fracture at the thirteenth MXGP round, Loket, and missed the GP the following week. He returned at Mantova but pulled out early after getting knocked around. He’ll give things another go this weekend.
  • Davy Pootjes inflamed a tendon in his wrist at the GP of Belgium, despite not crashing, and was forced to miss Mantova. He will, however, be contesting his home GP this weekend.
  • Rui Goncalves will finally return this weekend, after sustaining various injuries at the British GP in May. The Ricci Husqvarna has been back on the bike for a couple of weeks, so points should be the goal this weekend.

Out for the GP of Lombardia…

  • Kevin Strijbos has had a turbulent season, with many injuries. It has unfortunately come to a premature end now, as he damaged ligaments in his thumb at Mantova and has undergone surgery. We won’t see him until 2016 now, when he’ll be beneath the same tent after signing an extension on his current deal.
  • Jordi Tixier will also be missing for the rest of this year, as he dislocated two bones in his right wrist on the Saturday in Assen. Following a successful surgery, it is expected that his recovery time will take around two months. Once that is complete, he’ll look towards his debut MXGP season.
  • Steven Frossard crashed very hard in the first moto at Mantova last weekend and sustained a back injury, which required him to be air lifted out of the circuit. There have been very few updates on his condition, although he has supposedly undergone successful surgery. We wish the Frenchman the best!
  • Jake Nicholls has had a very, very rough twelve months and that unfortunately looks set to continue. He injured his back in Latvia, as everyone knows, and has been missing in action since then in order to allow it to heal. It has been confirmed that the Wilvo Forkrent KTM rider will not be racing this weekend.
  • Tommy Searle cracked two of his ribs in Latvia, but at the Belgian GP it became apparent that they now had clean breaks. Consequently he bowed out of the two motos at that round and decided to allow them time to heal. Consequently he won’t be racing this weekend, but could be back for the USGP.
  • Vsevolod Brylyakov will miss the remainder of this year with “shoulder and ankle injuries”. The JTech Honda rider stated that treatment isn’t going well, and he expected the injuries to heal a lot sooner. He’ll be at Assen as a spectator though, if you’re a fan looking for his autograph!
  • Roberts Justs is out for the remainder of the season, it seems, as he has undergone shoulder surgery. The Latvian knew that his shoulder would require medical attention at some point, but he dislocated it again prior to Lommel so brought the operation forward. He is currently sixteenth in the MX2 standings.
  • Jorge Zaragoza will not be racing for the remainder of the year, it seems, according to this press release; “Jorge Zaragoza will not compete in Mantova, ending his 2015 campaign early to get surgery to rectify the situation that saw him unable to compete in Belgium and focus on an intensified training programme to come back fitter and stronger in 2016.
  • Clement Desalle is out of the remainder of 2015, after injuring his shoulder in the sands of Belgium. The Belgian briefly dislocated his shoulder and has undergone surgery, in order to give him the best possible chance of challenging for a title in 2016.
  • Antonio Cairoli 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 proved to be too much. The Sicilian was originally slated to miss just two GPs, but will be out of action again this weekend. He could make a return at the USGP, along his teammate Tommy Searle.
  • Jeffrey Herlings has had an incredible amount of bad luck this year, but nothing can compare to the pain he experienced in Loket. The Red Bull KTM rider dislocated his hip in the qualifier and, consequently, will miss the remainder of 2015. Get well soon, Jeffrey! He is expected to return to MX2 in 2016.
  • 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 and actually hopped back onto a KX250F last week. That’s great news!

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