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The Grand Prix contingent’s back at Mantova, as round ten of the 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship will be held on Wednesday. A handful of riders crashed at round nine over the weekend and will not compete at the upcoming Grand Prix of Citta di Mantova. What’s the latest on all of the injured Grand Prix riders? A complete list of rider updates can be found below.
|Out of MXGP of Citta di Mantova|
Arminas Jasikonis: Arminas Jasikonis sustained serious injuries at the Grand Prix of Lombardia. An official statement from Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing is here.
Alessandro Lupino: Alessandro Lupino tore the posterior tibial ligament in his knee, without even crashing, in the second moto at the Grand Prix of Lombardia. Lupino is going to miss the Grand Prix of Citta di Mantova – it’s unknown when he will actually be able to return to racing.
Arnaud Tonus: Arnaud Tonus suffered a minor concussion in the first moto at the Grand Prix of Lombardia and has returned home to recover. It is thought that the soonest he will be able to return to riding is in 10 days, so it is unlikely that he will race at the Grand Prix of Spain.
Michele Cervellin: Michele Cervellin broke a couple of metacarpals in his foot at Faenza earlier this month and tried to race on Sunday, but just could not do it. Cervellin will miss the next two races at Mantova and not return until he is at full fitness.
Kyle Webster: Kyle Webster was actually set to make his debut with JM Honda Racing here at Mantova, but fell just over a week ago and suffered concussion as well as a minor shoulder injury. Webster hopes to return at Lommel, which will be a baptism of fire.
Jeffrey Herlings: Jeffrey Herlings fell in free practice at the MXGP of Citta di Faenza and broke his C1, C6 and T3. It has already been confirmed that he will miss the Mantova triple header, but it would really not be a shock if he does not return until 2021.
Jeremy Sydow: Jeremy Sydow broke his ankle without even crashing in his return to racing at Faenza 1 – all it took was twisting his foot in a rut. It is likely that he will miss the rest of the term, so Michael Sandner has been drafted in as his replacement at GASGAS.
Anton Gole: Anton Gole twisted his left foot at Faenza 1 and an x-ray at the track showed ligament damage, so he is out. There’s also a bone splinter on the back of his heel – those injuries are going to rule him out of the Mantova triple header.
Shaun Simpson: Shaun Simpson was already battered and bruised after a crash at the Grand Prix of Latvia, then another practice crash at Lommel earlier this month left him with two broken thoracic vertebrae. No surgery is required on his back, but it is most likely his season is done.
Benoit Paturel: Benoit Paturel had a nasty crash over the finish jump at the Grand Prix of Kegums, round five, and fractured his T12 vertebra – he also cracked his tailbone. Paturel is expected to be off of the bike for another four to five weeks, so Kyle Webster has been drafted in as his replacement at JM Honda Racing.
Simon Langenfelder: Simon Langenfelder was landed on in the first moto at Faenza 2 and suffered a lower leg injury, so he is out indefinitely. Diga Procross GASGAS Factory Juniors has pulled up a fill-in rider from EMX250, Isak Gifting, who will debut this weekend.
Rene Hofer: Rene Hofer suffered a cruel blow at the Grand Prix of Riga, as a hard fall in the second moto left him with a broken left shoulder. The recovery time was tipped to be between two and three months initially, which means that his maiden term as an MX2 rider is over.
Pauls Jonass: Pauls Jonass had a very hard crash in June, which resulted in some broken ribs and five broken spinous processes. Further evaluations revealed that some vertebrae were damaged too. Jonass is not back on a bike, so it is unlikely that he will return this year.
Kevin Strijbos: Kevin Strijbos had surgery on a hernia in the first half of July, which forced him to miss the whole of the Latvian triple header. Strijbos is now back on a bike, which is good news, but is struggling with pain in his hip and back. Strijbos is providing updates week to week.
Iker Larranaga: Remember when Iker Larranaga crashed at Matterley Basin and fractured his T7, as well as some other injuries? Well, Larranaga recovered and then fell again a week before the Grand Prix of Latvia. The C2 vertebra was broken and needed emergency surgery. There is no timeline on his recovery, but 2020 is over.
Davy Pootjes: Davy Pootjes just cannot catch a break! A crash whilst training in France resulted in a broken forearm and immediate surgery. Pootjes has not actually raced since June in 2019 – there is no word on when he will be able to get back behind the gate either.
Wilson Todd: Wilson Todd sustained a hand injury at the Grand Prix of The Netherlands back in March, as well as a torn ACL and fractured tibia. Todd is back on a bike and has been testing in Italy, but is not expected to race until the Pietramurata triple header in November.
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Ray Archer