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Injuries: MXGP of Europe

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Injuries continue to hurt the depth of the Grand Prix field, but the premier class will still receive a much-needed boost this weekend. A factory star will return to the fold and make for interesting debate. However, on the other hand, two more riders have joined the wounded on the sidelines. 

In for the MXGP of Europe

Tim Gajser: Tim Gajser may have only fractured his jaw a month ago, but he is already poised to make his return to the FIM Motocross World Championship. Gajser has ridden three times since the injury, so is not exactly prepared, but feels that he can salvage some good points on Sunday.

Jeremy Seewer: Jeremy Seewer hit his head quite hard and was actually questionable for this event. Seewer rode on Wednesday, then again yesterday, and is fine though, so he is ready to contest his second Grand Prix aboard a YZ450F.

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Tim Gajser is back and will add an intriguing element to the premier class.

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Out for the MXGP of Europe

Michele Cervellin: Michele Cervellin actually injured his knee at the Grand Prix of Patagonia-Argentina, not that you would know it. Cervellin still raced the opening round of the Italian Championship at Pietramurata and secured fourth but, unsurprisingly, that did not help the knee. Although he will rest it this weekend, he is expected to return in Spain next weekend. 

Brian Hsu: Brian Hsu was set to enter the second round of the FIM Motocross World Championship, but dislocated his shoulder whilst training in Italy earlier this week. The shoulder was put back into place immediately, which is positive, but it is rather painful at the moment. It remains to be seen if he will be able to contest the third round.

Jordi Tixier: An unfortunate run continues. Jordi Tixier, a former world champion, has spent a majority of his time on the sidelines in recent years and has only actually completed twenty-one rounds aboard a 450F. Tixier discovered that he had a damaged tendon in his hand following the Hawkstone International and went under the knife, but has now targeted the Grand Prix of Trentino as the race that he wants to return at.

Brian Bogers: Brian Bogers shattered his foot whilst testing a CRF250R in November and has only just started riding again. A recovery time still has not been specified, despite that, but a further evaluation is expected to take place at the end of the month. It is likely that he will return at a race like Agueda.

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Brian Bogers is now back on a bike and closer to a return.

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Arnaud Tonus: Arnaud Tonus has had a difficult couple of months, with a handful of knocks and injuries. The latest, a dislocated shoulder that was sustained at LaCapelle Marival, was the most devastating, as it required surgery and will rule him of the first portion of the current campaign. There is still no timeline on his recovery.

Valentin Guillod: Valentin Guillod needed to make a splash this season, in order to remind pundits just how capable he is aboard the bigger bike, but his hopes of doing that have been dashed by a pre-season injury. Guillod broke his leg in Spain and will miss a majority of the season.

Anton Gole: One could argue that Anton Gole was a breakthrough star a year ago, hence why he landed a deal with the JK Racing Yamaha outfit. Gole will not be present at the first couple of rounds, however, as he sustained a broken scaphoid during the winter months. Those specific injuries can be quite time consuming.

Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Yamaha Racing

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Tim Gajser – The Italian Job | 2024 MXGP Round 3&4 Sardinia, Trentino

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Welcome back to the channel! A double header this week with Sardinia & Trentino back-to-back for Round 3&4 of the MXGP series. Come along with us to Italy as we race in some of the most beautiful places in the World!

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GoPro MX2 GP Arco di Trento 2024 Filip Olsson

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GoPro footage of Filip Olsson in the qualifying race MX2 in the 2024 GP of Arco. It covers the chaos of the first lap. Enjoy!

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We’re Still FAST! Inside the MXGP of Trentino

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Home to one of the most spectacular venues on the calendar, the fourth round of MXGP that took place at the foot of the saw-toothed Dolomite mountains in Pietramurata, Italy, did not fail to deliver!

Adding a vibrant twist to the already stunning landscape, the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP and MX2 teams rocked up to the Grand Prix decked out in Yamaha’s iconic white and pink anniversary livery.

Inspired by the 1993 YZs, the eye-catching design celebrating 50 years of Yamaha’s championship-winning YZ brought a burst of energy and camaraderie to the paddock. “Only real men wear pink!” Calvin Vlaanderen smiled. “You look like a Barbie, a really beautiful Barbie, though,” his trainer joked. Throughout the weekend, the uplifting effect of the retro livery was undeniable.

Thriving in the loud and energetic atmosphere typical of an Italian Grand Prix, Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2’s own Italian stallion, Andrea Bonacorsi, took everyone by surprise. “You see! You were thinking I was not fast! But I come, eh? Don’t worry, eh! Be happy!” Andrea grinned. While ‘Bona’, the reigning EMX250 Champion and one of MX2’s most exciting young rookies, showed what he is capable of with an epic third-place finish in Race Two, the biggest relief was for his teammate Thibault Benistant.

As a rider that has been pegged as a title contender, Thibault finally uncorked his first bottle of prosecco in 2024 after putting his YZ250FM on the box! “Finally! I had to wait too long for this one,” the French star said. “Actually, I can be happy, because I didn’t ride that good today. I was quite tight, so to be on the podium with such crap riding, was not too bad.”

In between the talk of all things Italian, such as pizza, prosecco and ‘dragons of the night’, Calvin Vlaanderen was FAST! “I felt so good this weekend,” the South African said, “I was P1 in Free Practice, P3 in Time Practice, but crashed in the qualifying race. I cross-jumped the triple, landed off the track and went down, so I had to come from last to P7, which was actually quite good.”

Calvin finished sixth after another average start in Race One but bounced back in Race Two with a lively start followed by a hard-fought second-place finish. He missed the podium by a mere 3 points! “Race Two was fun,” he said, “I really enjoyed running up front with the guys. At one point, I could see Jeremy (Seewer) coming, so I just focused on putting in two or three good laps, and then I saw I had a 3-second gap on him, so I was super happy with that. I just kept my focus ahead on (Jorge) Prado, to see if I can keep the pace, and we managed that. It was nice!”

The MXGP of Trentino brought together adrenaline-pumping action, colourful team spirit, and a glimpse of how fast the Yamaha riders really are. With its stunning location and some incredible moments, this round was one for the memory bank.

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