The injuries continue to mount up in Monster Energy Supercross, as four riders have moved onto the sidelines in the last seven days. The good news, however, is that three guys are set to make their return at round six of seventeen, which will take place in Arlington this weekend.
In for Arlington.
Trey Canard: Hey, look who is back! Trey Canard has been under the radar recently, so it remains to be seen just how prepared he is heading into Arlington.
Jeremy Martin: Jeremy Martin was unsure whether he would be able to race the sixth round, but made a late decision to contest the event. Martin appears to be out to prove a point after a turbulent campaign.
Hayden Mellross: Following a string of poor luck, Hayden Mellross will return from a hand injury this weekend and attempt to fulfil his potential.
Out of Arlington.
Josh Grant: Josh Grant injured his thumb recently, so will miss Arlington. “Probably got another week to let it heal,” he wrote on social media. His status for Minneapolis has not yet been confirmed.
Phil Nicoletti: A crash on press day in Arlington has forced Phil Nicoletti to join his teammates on the sidelines. An injured left ankle and heel will keep him off of the bike for the foreseeable.
Josh Hansen: You have seen the spectacular crash that Josh Hansen had in Oakland, right? ‘100’ suffered a concussion in that, so will not race again until Seattle in April.
Tommy Hahn: A dislocated shoulder, which occurred in Oakland, will sideline Tommy Hahn this weekend. The Cycle Trader Rock River Yamaha rider is not expected to miss too much time though.
Ken Roczen: The various struggles that Ken Roczen has encountered since his horrific crash at Anaheim 2 have been well-documented on this link. However, to summarize, injuries to his wrist, arm and elbow will keep him on the sidelines for an undetermined amount of time. The German is now at home in Florida.
Tyler Bowers: A hard crash in Phoenix left Tyler Bowers with a dislocated femur, but he is hopeful that he’ll be able to return in Seattle. Noah McConahy has been drafted in as his replacement on the 51 Fifty Yamaha team.
Zac Commans: Various arm and wrist injuries that were sustained in Phoenix will keep Zac Commans on the sidelines for the foreseeable. “I’m really frustrated about it but trying to remain grateful that it isn’t worse,” Commans wrote on social media.
Christophe Pourcel: Changes have been made to the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team in the last two weeks, so Christophe Pourcel will miss the rest of Monster Energy Supercross to allow the neck injuries that he sustained last year time to heal.
Weston Peick: Weston Peick has a reputation for being one of the toughest riders in Monster Energy Supercross, hence why it was surprising to see him exit the series following a crash in Phoenix. A dislocated wrist and lacerated kidney will keep him out for quite some time.
Fredrik Noren: Making a splash in the 450SX class aboard a 250F can be a difficult task, but Fredrik Noren was doing a great job of it through the first three rounds. The Swedish star will not race until the 250SX East series begins, however, as he had his tonsils removed before Phoenix.
Bradley Taft: The Cycle Trader Rock River Yamaha squad suffered a blow before Anaheim 2, as Bradley Taft bowed out with a concussion. The rookie will return after the long break that is right around the corner. Heath Harrison is currently acting as his replacement.
Mitchell Oldenburg: Mitchell Oldenburg was the first 250SX rider to get caught out by that 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. Nichols is hoping to be ready for round one of 250SX East.
Justin Barcia: Oh, Justin Barcia! ’51’ desperately needed some kind of momentum in Monster Energy Supercross but, alas, he’s on the sidelines and will be playing catch up again when he returns. When will that be? Well, the team expect him back in the next couple of weeks. Minneapolis has been pointed to as an ideal time for a return.
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 and he is now back riding, so will make his debut next week.
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. He won’t be ready for round one of that division either, however, so Kyle Peters will replace him.
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Sean Ogden