The previous Grand Prix in Russia was unkind to a lot of riders, as a lot of guys hit the rock-hard ground very hard and required assistance. There were so many casualties that it may have been tough for one to keep up with everything that occurred next to the Black Sea. Who is fighting fit and racing at this weekend’s Grand Prix of Latvia? Updates on all of the injured guys in the 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship can be found below.
|In for the MXGP of Latvia|
Antonio Cairoli: Antonio Cairoli suffered another hard hit at the Grand Prix of Russia, but completed the two motos on Sunday and salvaged important points. Cairoli stated that he was healthy, just stiff, and it seems that was indeed true, as he is ready to go this weekend. Cairoli had some check-ups at the hospital this week, just to confirm that.
Gautier Paulin: Gautier Paulin had an extremely hard crash in the first race at the Grand Prix of Russia and most feared that he had suffered a serious injury. Fortunately, he returned for the second moto and is fighting fit for the upcoming Grand Prix of Latvia. Kegums is, of course, a circuit that holds fond memories for him.
|Out of the MXGP of Latvia|
Clement Desalle: Clement Desalle underwent surgery on the Monday after the Grand Prix of Russia, in order to repair the broke tibia and fibula that he sustained in moto one. A sprained ankle was also picked up in that vicious crash. Desalle will miss the remainder of the 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship, but it does not sound like Monster Energy KRT are looking for a replacement.
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. The word is that BOS are currently looking for a fill-in rider.
Alessandro Lupino: Alessandro Lupino spent time in intensive care in Russia, after crashing a week ago and breaking four vertebrae. It appears that he will, thankfully, make a full recovery, despite the fact that for several seconds after the incident he did not have any feeling in his legs. Lupino is now back in Italy, but will be out for quite a while.
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. There is no timeline on his recovery. The beginning of his season was not overly successful, as he did not score points in MX2.
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. Brown should be back at the races any day now, but the Latvian fixture just came a little too soon for him. Perhaps the Grand Prix of Germany is on the cards?
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. It sounds as though he still needs a month to recover, but he will return before the end of the FIM Motocross World Championship. Loket could be a possibility.
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 could return at Teutschenthal next weekend, but that is currently unconfirmed.
Calvin Vlaanderen: Calvin Vlaanderen picked up an infection in his right leg prior to the Grand Prix of Portugal and had to go under the knife in order to clean that up. There is still no timeline on his recovery, but some have hinted that he could be back sooner rather than later. Watch this space.
Jose Butron: Jose Butron shattered his ankle whilst testing in the Czech Republic 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.
Max Nagl: Max Nagl returned to racing at the second round of the ADAC MX Masters two weeks ago and had a horrific crash on the start straight but escaped with just a scratch on his back. The Grand Prix of Germany, at Teutschenthal, will mark his return to the MXGP paddock.
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Ray Archer