It has actually been a very busy week for injured riders in the FIM Motocross World Championship. A handful of different riders hit the dirt hard at the Grand Prix of Switzerland and, unfortunately, some guys will now miss the seventeenth round of twenty. Updates on all of the injured riders can be perused below.
|In for the MXGP of Bulgaria|
Antonio Cairoli: Antonio Cairoli feared that he tore his ACL at the Grand Prix of Switzerland, but it has now been confirmed that he sustained a stretched PCL with fluid between the joint. The injury is not going to stop him from racing at the Grand Prix of Bulgaria, thankfully, but it is going to be difficult for him to gain ground on Jeffrey Herlings.
Max Nagl: Max Nagl sustained a finger injury prior to the Grand Prix of Czechia, hence why there has not been a TM Factory Racing awning in the paddock for a while, but he will return this weekend. The good news is that he has a lot of time to return to top form for the Motocross of Nations. Nagl now runs thirteenth in the premier class.
|Out of the MXGP of Bulgaria|
Jago Geerts: Jago Geerts had a vicious fall in the opening moto at the Grand Prix of Switzerland and sadly broke his collarbone. Surgery was performed earlier in the week with no complications, which is the good news, but the earliest that he will return is Assen. Making it to the Motocross of Nations should not be much of a problem at all.
Graeme Irwin: Graeme Irwin has had a rough run lately, he really has. A back issue hindered him entering the Grand Prix of Switzerland and then just one lap into the first encounter a rock struck his face. The damage ruled him out for the day and it was eventually decided that it would be best for him to miss Bulgaria and Turkey, in an effort to get back to one hundred percent.
Michele Cervellin: Michele Cervellin is skipping Bulgaria and Turkey, because of health issues that have not been explained in too much detail. Based on the cryptic post that he left on social media earlier this week, which explained the decision, it sounds like he is dealing with some kind of virus. It remains to be seen if this rule him out of the remainder of the season.
Adam Sterry: Adam Sterry did not race round sixteen of the FIM Motocross World Championship, because he re-injured his ankle in the days prior to the race, and has now announced that he will miss the Grand Prix of Bulgaria too. It is likely that he will return at the penultimate round in The Netherlands.
Conrad Mewse: Conrad Mewse skipped the Grand Prix of Czechia with a sore knee, but then raced again at the fifteenth round of the current term. Unfortunately, one week on from his return, he crashed at a domestic event and sustained a hand injury. Details are rather sparse currently, but it seems as though he will miss the next two rounds of the FIM Motocross World Championship and then return at the penultimate round in The Netherlands.
Davy Pootjes: Although Davy Pootjes did not break anything when he crashed at the Grand Prix of Asia, he was left battered and bruised. That has lingered in recent weeks and stopped him from competing at the following two rounds, although he gave it a good go, and now he has withdrawn from the Swiss Grand Prix. Pootjes will be back at Assen, when his shoulder blade is at one hundred percent.
Brian Hsu: Brian Hsu is really having a rough go. Hsu was set to return at the Czech Grand Prix, after sustaining an injury in March, but dislocated his shoulder again at a domestic race and will now miss the remainder of the season. It is unknown what his future holds, as he has had no noteworthy results for a handful of years now. This new injury could not have come at a worse time for the Bud Racing rider.
Benoit Paturel: Benoit Paturel never gives much away and, based on recent comments, it remains to be seen if he will return to racing before the end of the season. Paturel has been missing since Ottobiano, so it does not exactly look good. It is likely that he will sit alongside Alessandro Lupino next year.
Arminas Jasikonis: Arminas Jasikonis has struggled since he hit the dirt at the French Grand Prix last month, hence why he left Indonesia earlier than planned and then skipped Loket and Lommel. Jasikonis is going to miss the rest of the season now, but the announcement has weirdly not been made yet. There was someone in his camp who confirmed that is the plan though. Expect to see him in new colours next year.
Brian Bogers: Brian Bogers has officially started his rehabilitation programme. A cast was removed in the middle of July, so the focus is now on regaining range of motion and muscle. Another check up with the doctor is scheduled in six weeks or so and then it will become clear when he will be able to ride again. It sounds as though there is a chance that he may race at some point this year, which would be surprising.
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 a German hospital two weeks after he arrived, as he had a pair of dislocated shoulders, but there is still no specific timeline on his recovery. There appears to be no doubt in his mind that he will come back stronger, but he will have to wait for next year.
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. The days of Zaragoza being pegged as the next big thing seem like a distant memory.
David Herbreteau: 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, but it has not yet been determined who he will ride for. The VHR KTM team have informed him that he will not have a ride next year. The Frenchman had a season-best finish of fourteenth in a moto at the Portuguese event in April.
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. Sanayei confirmed his plans for next year before the previous round, by the way, as he signed an extension with Steve Dixon.
Jed Beaton: Jed Beaton was edging towards the front of the field before he had a horrific crash at Matterley Basin in May, which left him with a broken leg and ankle. 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 and what will be an intriguing campaign. Beaton had a single podium finish before his season-ending injury, but was still hot property within the paddock.
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 is obviously close to one hundred percent now, seeing as it has been three months since the incident. Ostlund actually jumped back on a bike for the first time on the first of this month and is racing in Sweden this weekend. It is likely that he will return at Assen.
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 at the beginning of May. 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, but Team Russia are hoping he will make the Motocross of Nations. That is questionable at this stage.
Arnaud Tonus: It has been a difficult year for Arnaud Tonus, who has dealt with a handful of knocks and injuries. Tonus is still recovering from the dislocated shoulder that was sustained in France in February, almost unbelievably, but is now back on a bike. It is likely that Tonus will return to racing before the end of his season, as the Motocross of Nations is his goal. Team Switzerland have selected him.
Milko Potisek: Milko Potisek fractured his ankle in two places, after tangling with another rider in March, and initially set his sights on the Grand Prix of Belgium as the race that he would like to return at. Potisek has not even started riding yet though and has confirmed exclusively to MX Vice that he will now return at either Assen or Imola in September. It has been a disastrous year for him.
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Yamaha Racing