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Injury List: MXGP of Argentina

Six high-profile names are out.

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Whenever this list is put together at the start of the season, it is typically small and almost irrelevant. That is not the case this time around, however, as the off-season was particularly cruel to those contesting the FIM Motocross World Championship. Thankfully though, some riders managed to recover in time for the opening round in Argentina.

In for the MXGP of Patagonia-Argentina

Kevin Strijbos: In what was a dramatic couple of days for Standing Construct KTM, Kevin Strijbos broke his collarbone just hours before Valentin Guillod broke his leg. Strijbos returned rather quickly and even lined up at LaCapelle Marival, where he was quite impressive, so will be racing this weekend. 

Julien Lieber: Julien Lieber sustained a knee injury at the final round of the FIM Motocross World Championship and spent a majority of the off-season recovering. Lieber has not had much time on his Monster Energy KRT 450F at all, but he will be on the line this weekend.

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Julien Leiber will make his Monster Energy KRT debut this weekend.

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Petar Petrov: Petar Petrov broke his collarbone at the beginning of February, hence why he did not line up at the Hawkstone International. Although his time aboard a bike has been limited since then, just as one would expect, he has travelled to Argentina and will give it a good go. Petrov is gritty!

Out of the MXGP of Patagonia-Argentina

Tim Gajser: A simply horrid start for Team HRC. Tim Gajser caught his leg moments before hitting a jump at Mantova, then suffered a fractured jaw as a result. Gajser, a two-time winner at the Grand Prix of Patagonia-Argentina, could return at the second round in The Netherlands.

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Tim Gajser is hoping to return to racing at Valkenswaard in two weeks.

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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. A recovery time has not been specified.

Brian Bogers: Brian Bogers shattered his foot whilst testing a CRF250R in November and has not resumed riding yet. Initial reports suggested that he could return as soon as round three or four. However, it seems a miracle would have to occur for that to happen.

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 FIM Motocross World Championship. There is no timeline on his recovery.

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Arnaud Tonus is going to miss the first couple of MXGP rounds.

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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 current campaign.

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. Those specific injuries can be quite time consuming.

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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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