The 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship will hit Semarang, Indonesia, this weekend for the twelfth round of eighteen. It is typically difficult for a rider to return to racing in Asia, but one rider will do that this weekend. Sixteen guys are set to miss the round completely though, unfortunately, and there are more details on that below.
|Out of the MXGP of Asia|
Ben Watson: Ben Watson broke a metacarpal in his hand during practice at the Grand Prix of Germany, had surgery the next day and then still tried to race in Indonesia the following weekend! The pain and swelling was too much to bear on Sunday morning, however, and things have not gotten better this week, so he will also miss the Grand Prix of Asia.
Mitch Evans: Mitch Evans entered the Grand Prix of Indonesia with a haematoma on his back, yet left even more battered and bruised after a crash in the first moto. Evans will miss the Asian event this weekend in an attempt to return to full fitness. There is no doubt that he will be back at Loket though.
Michele Cervellin: Michele Cervellin crashed at a round of the Italian Prestige series two weeks ago and dislocated his wrist, which will ultimately sideline him for a considerable amount of time and obviously stop him from racing in Indonesia this weekend. Andrea Adamo will act as his replacement in MX2.
Julien Lieber: Julien Lieber was en route to a career-best finish in race one at the Grand Prix of Germany, then had a spectacular crash and fractured his elbow. Lieber is obviously not present in Indonesia and, at the time of writing, there is no timeline on his recovery. Tommy Searle has been drafted in as a fill-in rider on Monster Energy KRT.
Antonio Cairoli: Antonio Cairoli dislocated his shoulder at the Grand Prix of Latvia and was planning to return at some point. There was even a chance that he would race in Indonesia! Further examinations deemed that surgery was needed though and he had that last weekend. Cairoli will now miss the rest of the 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship.
Jeffrey Herlings: Jeffrey Herlings injured his ankle seconds before moto one at the Grand Prix of Latvia, then went on to win that race anyway. A hairline fracture at the base of his tibia bone was the official diagnosis. Herlings underwent surgery days after sustaining that injury and is expected to return in August.
Benoit Paturel: Benoit Paturel sustained an unspecified leg injury at the Grand Prix of Latvia, which forced him to sit out the points-paying motos on Sunday. There are very few details about Paturel available currently, so it is unknown when he will return to action, but he will not be racing this weekend.
Evgeny Bobryshev: Evgeny Bobryshev was always going to bow out after the Grand Prix of Russia, as he needed to have wrist surgery, but a crash at Orlyonok also left him with a broken right tibia. Multiple surgeries are now on the cards, so he will not be seen on track again this season. BOS have picked up Anthony Rodriguez as a fill-in rider.
Alessandro Lupino: Alessandro Lupino spent time in intensive care in Russia, after crashing and breaking four vertebrae. Lupino somehow returned to racing at the Italian Prestige event last weekend though, in an attempt to maintain his bid for the title, so it is likely that he will return to the Grand Prix series in the Czech Republic at the end of the month.
Clement Desalle: Clement Desalle underwent surgery on the Monday after the Grand Prix of Russia, in order to repair the broken fibula that he sustained. A sprained ankle was also picked up in that vicious crash. Desalle is expected to miss the remainder of the 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship.
Marcel Conijn: Marcel Conijn, of the Gebben Van Venrooy Kawasaki team, crashed before the Grand Prix of Portugal and was left with a broken collarbone, as well as broken ribs. Conijn is now back on a bike and will probably return to the world stage in the Czech Republic at the end of July.
Davy Pootjes: Davy Pootjes crashed in turn one in the qualifying race at the Grand Prix of Latvia and sustained an unspecified ankle injury. Although things are progressing, the injury has not yet recovered fully and therefore he made the decision to miss the two Indonesian rounds. Pootjes is now back on a bike.
Alexander Brown: Alexander Brown, the fill-in rider on the Hitachi KTM squad, crashed at the Grand Prix of France and aggravated an existing shoulder injury. It sounds like he recently had surgery on the shoulder and, consequently, there is no timeline on his recovery. One would presume that he will race again before the end of the season though.
Conrad Mewse: Conrad Mewse crashed at round two of the 2019 Maxxis British Championship and sustained a wrist injury that has sidelined him for the last month. Updates on Mewse have been sparse, but he will return before the end of the FIM Motocross World Championship.
Shaun Simpson: Shaun Simpson was having a steady time with the RFX KTM squad, but suffered a blow at the fourth Maxxis British Championship round and fractured the fifth metacarpal in his right hand. Simpson returned to racing at the previous round of his domestic series, but made the smart decision to skip the two Indonesian rounds and set his sights on Loket.
Jose Butron: Jose Butron shattered his ankle in testing and will skip the remaining rounds of the 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship. The injury is rather severe, hence why he needed to have a surgery that lasted for more than six hours, but he is adamant that he will be back next year.
Nathan Renkens: Nathan Renkens, who actually started his own team this season, fell at the Grand Prix of The Netherlands and tore his ACL. There is currently no timeline on his recovery, but he has had surgery and is out for the foreseeable. Renkens did not score any points before his injury.
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Ray Archer