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There has been a lot of injuries in the Grand Prix paddock over the last month or so, unfortunately, but the good news is that a handful of riders will venture back out onto the track at the Grand Prix of Lombardia this weekend. Updates on all of the injured MXGP and MX2 riders can be found below. This will be updated until the first gate drop, so stay tuned as more information comes to light. Need to know something for MX Manager? Contact us on social media (motocrossvice on Twitter).
|In for MXGP of Italy 4|
Jago Geerts: Jago Geerts fell in training after Faenza and feared that he had broken his collarbone, but there are no injuries to speak of. Geerts is sore, but will race at Mantova 1. 21 points is the difference between him and the current MX2 championship leader.
Adam Sterry: Adam Sterry suffered minor internal injuries days before the Faenza triple header, but has now recovered and will race at the Grand Prix of Lombardia on Sunday. Sterry’s actually had a couple of days on the bike to prepare – he should not be far behind the eight ball.
Bas Vaessen: Bas Vaessen was dealing with back issues whilst competing at the Latvian triple header in the middle of August. Rather than continue to fight through the pain, Vaessen took some time off and will be in much better shape when gates drop at Mantova 1.
Alberto Forato: Alberto Forato suffered a shoulder injury at the Grand Prix of Kegums and missed the Faenza triple header, but will return to racing at the Grand Prix of Lombardia this weekend. It’s thought that Forato has not been back on the bike for too long.
Arnaud Tonus: Arnaud Tonus injured his ankle at Faenza 2 and could not handle the pain at the next round, so bowed out of the Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna prematurely. Tonus is not at one hundred percent going into the Grand Prix of Lombardia, but will attempt to race.
Mikkel Haarup: Mikkel Haarup did not sustain any injuries at the Grand Prix of Citta di Faenza, but still missed the following event in order to allow his body to overcome a series of knocks. Haarup will be back on track at the Grand Prix of Lombardia this weekend.
Mathys Boisrame: Mathys Boisrame was in exactly the same position as his F&H Racing teammate above, Mikkel Haarup, as he crashed at Faenza 2 and was too beaten up to race at Faenza 3. Taking the correct time to recover will allow him to race at Mantova 1 though.
|Out of MXGP of Italy 4|
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.
Alberto Forato: Alberto Forato suffered a shoulder injury at the Grand Prix of Kegums and will miss a significant amount of time. Exact details are unknown, mainly because of a translation issue, but it does not sound like he’ll be back on track anytime soon.
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