The FIM Motocross World Championship is winding down, unfortunately, which means that certain guys will not be able to return from injury by the end of the season. There are some riders who are shooting for that though, as you’ll see in our feature below. Shaun Simpson has even made it back in time for the MXGP of Sweden!
In for the MXGP of Sweden.
Shaun Simpson: Shaun Simpson is in desperate need of some luck, much like a majority of the riders on this list. Simpson will return to racing this weekend, for the second time this season, but does not expect to set the world alight immediately.
Out for the MXGP of Sweden.
Arnaud Tonus: There was some confusion regarding the injury that Arnaud Tonus sustained at the Swiss Grand Prix. First it was reported that he had broken his collarbone, then we spoke exclusively to Louis Vosters (the team manager at Wilvo Yamaha MXGP) and he confirmed that it was a broken sternum. Tonus, finally, took to social media to confirm that he has broken a rib. Did you manage to follow all of that?
Iker Larranaga Olano: Iker Larranaga Olano crashed at the Grand Prix of Switzerland and sustained a fractured fibula, so will miss an undetermined amount of time. ‘66’ is currently back in Spain and undergoing further examinations. It is likely that Spain will need a replacement for their Motocross of Nations team.
Bas Vaessen: Bas Vaessen has had some horrid luck this season. A black cloud has certainly been following the Suzuki World MX2 rider and, unfortunately, it struck again at Lommel. A collarbone injury was sustained in the first moto that will sideline him for the foreseeable. Zachary Pichon has stepped up to the MX2 division in his place this weekend.
Jordi Tixier: When will Jordi Tixier overcome this streak of bad luck? Whilst training for Lommel, Tixier landed on an abandoned machine and broke a rib. The Frenchman has started riding again and is expected to return at the Monster Energy MXGP of the USA.
Freek van der Vlist: Freek van der Vlist returned from a broken collarbone at the Belgian Grand Prix, but then sustained a shoulder injury. Van der Vlist is not back on a bike and, consequently, a timeline on his return has not been determined.
David Herbreteau: David Herbreteau was ready to tackle the bottomless sand of Lommel, but dislocated his left shoulder in training. The full extent of his injury has not been revealed and, unfortunately, there is no timeline on his recovery.
Petar Petrov: Petar Petrov will miss the rest of the FIM Motocross World Championship, as he sustained a shoulder injury at Ottobiano. ‘152’ was informed last week that he can begin rehabilitation. Petrov will be forced to enter the MXGP class next year, because of the age-restriction rule, so his time on a 250F is now complete.
Valentin Guillod: Valentin Guillod won a round of the Swiss series seven days prior to Loket, but his hand could not take the toll of riding and more damage was done. ‘92’ will be on the sidelines for an additional two months, as a result of that, but is confident that he’ll return at the final round of the series. Guillod will also contest the MX2 class for Switzerland at the Motocross of Nations.
Samuele Bernardini: A torn knee ligament will rule Samuele Bernardini out for the rest of the season. Anton Gole has, consequently, been drafted in as his replacement on TM Factory Racing. Bernardini’s current contract with TM is expected to expire at the end of this season.
Vsevolod Brylyakov: Vsevolod Brylyakov has elected to take his time with the paralyzed shoulder muscle that he sustained in The Netherlands. A timeline has not been placed on his recovery, but he had an additional surgery just over a week ago. Returning this year is not on the cards.
Adam Sterry: Adam Sterry was en route to a season-best finish at the Grand Prix of Europe. A costly error left him with a torn ACL, however, which will cause him to miss the rest of the season. Sterry was released from the Monster Energy KRT MX2 team last weekend and is now in need of a new ride for next year.
Jake Nicholls: After such a consistent run to start the season, Jake Nicholls was dealt some poor luck at the Grand Prix of Trentino. ‘45’ dislocated his hip without even crashing, believe it or not, and has consequently retired from Grand Prix racing. The British rider announced that last month.
Chihiro Notsuka: A vicious fall in Argentina left Chihiro Notsuka with a fractured back and dislocated hip. There was a chance that Notsuka would return this season, but that has now been ruled out. The Japanese pilot is expected to return to MXGP in 2018.
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Yamaha Racing