It seems that this list of injuries will continue to grow, unfortunately, but at least a couple of stars will return to racing this weekend! On the other hand, Bradley Taft and Mitchell Oldenburg will be missing from the 250SX division after sustaining injuries in the last seven days.
In for Anaheim 2.
Jimmy Albertson: That tricky triple in San Diego claimed just one 450SX rider, Jimmy Albertson, but he will be back in action this weekend. Albertson sustained a concussion in the fall, but was already back on a bike on Wednesday.
Justin Bogle: Justin Bogle had a vicious crash at Milestone earlier this week, after coming up short at the end of a rhythm section, but did not sustain any serious injuries. The RCH Yoshimura Suzuki rider will be hoping to build on a season-best tenth that he garnered in San Diego.
Mike Alessi: Following that horrific case at the opener, which occurred due to reasons that are yet to be identified, Mike Alessi will return to action this weekend. Alessi obviously sustained no serious injuries in that incident from Anaheim 1.
Trey Canard: It remains to be seen whether Trey Canard will contest Anaheim 2, as his plans have not been officially confirmed. Canard sustained a minor rotator-cuff tear at round one of seventeen and was told that he could ride as soon as the swelling dies down somewhat.
Out of Anaheim 2.
Bradley Taft: The Cycle Trader Rock River Yamaha squad suffered a blow earlier this week, as it became clear that Bradley Taft will miss Anaheim 2 with a concussion. It has not been announced how long the rookie will be absent for.
Mitchell Oldenburg: Mitchell Oldenburg was the first 250SX rider to get caught out by the technical rhythm section in San Diego and, unfortunately, did not escape unscathed. Oldenburg is out for the foreseeable with a broken collarbone, but no replacement rider has been drafted in.
Colt Nichols: Colt Nichols was pegged to achieve great things aboard a Yamalube Star Racing Yamaha, but a broken femur threw a spanner into the works during the off-season. Nichols is hoping to be ready for round one of 250SX East, but that is approaching awfully fast.
Chris Alldredge: It is no secret that Chris Alldredge has taken a soil sample or two in his short Monster Energy Supercross career, but to see him sidelined so soon into the season is still a surprise. Alldredge, who desperately needed to showcase some kind of potential this season, broke his collarbone on the Tuesday before San Diego and is out for the foreseeable future. Jon Ames was drafted in as his replacement.
Justin Barcia: Oh, Justin Barcia! ’51’ desperately needed some kind of momentum in Monster Energy Supercross but, alas, he’s back on the sidelines and will be playing catch up again. Barcia injured his wrist in December when his chain snapped, but will not require surgery. Jake Weimer will act as his replacement at the next two rounds at least.
Trevor Reis: A shattered right heel and torn ACL were among the injuries that Trevor Reis sustained at Milestone before Christmas, so he’ll miss the entire Monster Energy Supercross season. “Such a bummer deal. Was trying to avoid another down rider and banged myself up pretty good,” Reis stated on social media.
Chase Sexton: It is safe to presume that Chase Sexton was going to race the 250SX East class anyway, seeing as he is a rookie, but a pair of broken wrists didn’t leave him with a choice. Neither wrist required surgery, so he is still expected to make the first round of that series in the middle of February.
Matt Bisceglia: Matt Bisceglia was initially down to contest the 250SX West class for JGR, but an ankle injury forced him to move over to the other coast. Phil Nicoletti, consequently, had to alter his programme and ensure that he would be ready for the first west round.
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Sean Ogden