It is rather remarkable that this list has not grown too much in recent weeks. There has been some bad news, however, as Benoit Paturel is expected to miss the remainder of the FIM Motocross World Championship. Catch up on that news in this regular feature, as well as updates on fourteen other riders from the MXGP and MX2 categories.
In for the MXGP of USA.
Jordi Tixier: It is fairly unorthodox for a rider to return to racing at a flyaway, just because the expense involved in getting them to the event is rather substantial. The Monster Energy KRT team are sticking by Jordi Tixier though, despite the fact that he will not be beneath the awning next year, as he’ll be on the starting line for the first time since Loket this weekend.
Out for the MXGP of USA.
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.
Jose Butron: Jose Butron has been dealing with a minor ankle injury lately, hence why he has been absent from the races. ‘17’ recently revealed that the issue is worse than he originally thought and, consequently, he’ll miss the MXGP of USA. There is a chance that he’ll return at Assen.
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 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. ‘338’ is expected to miss the remainder of the FIM Motocross World Championship.
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’ 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 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: ConwayMX