There are just two rounds left in the FIM Motocross World Championship, hence why it is unlikely that most riders will be able to return from their respective injuries before the end of the season. Two riders, Jago Geerts and Jose Butron, will manage that this weekend, but fourteen riders are on the sidelines.
In for the MXGP of The Netherlands.
Jago Geerts: Jago Geerts stepped out of the EMX250 division and into the MX2 class for the first time at the Grand Prix of Belgium, but things did not go well. Snapped tendons ruled him out of the rounds that followed Lommel, unfortunately, but he is set to return this weekend. It has already been confirmed that Geerts will enter the division on a full-time basis with Kemea Yamaha in 2018.
Jose Butron: A minor ankle injury, which was actually worse than he originally thought, ruled Jose Butron out of the last two rounds. The Spaniard will return this weekend, despite the fact that his ankle is not at one hundred percent.
Out for the MXGP of The Netherlands.
Arminas Jasikonis: Arminas Jasikonis was dealt a crushing blow at the Monster Energy MXGP of USA, as a dislocated hip was sustained in the first of two motos. The injury will obviously rule him out of the rest of the season and potentially hurt his preparation for the new season.
Benoit Paturel: The 2017 FIM Motocross World Championship has been a turbulent affair for Benoit Paturel, as poor starts have restricted him to lowly positions more often than not. It now seems that his final campaign on a 250F has come to a close, however, as he crashed in training after Uddevalla and sustained internal injuries.
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. The Wilvo Yamaha MXGP rider is expected to return at the final round.
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. It is actually remarkable, as well as overlooked, that he finished twentieth.
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 dislocated his left shoulder in training prior to Lommel. The full extent of his injury has not been revealed, but it has been confirmed that he will miss the remaining two rounds and has actually split from the F&H Kawasaki Racing Team.
Petar Petrov: Petar Petrov will miss the rest of the FIM Motocross World Championship, as he sustained a shoulder injury at Ottobiano. 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’ is back on a bike now and is expected to return at the final round, the Grand Prix of Pays de Montbéliard, before dropping down to the CRF250RW for 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 a couple of weeks ago. Brylyakov will be on a Kemea Yamaha when he resumes riding later this year.
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 at the beginning of August and is now in need of a new ride for next year, as he exclusively confirmed in this MX Vice interview.
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 in July. There is good news, however, as he has healed up and is riding for fun.
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: Suzuki-Racing.com