Injuries, Injuries, Injuries:
When it rains it pours, I guess. Adam Cianciarulo only got back on his bike a couple of weeks ago, but now he is back on the sidelines. AC crashed on Monday and caught his leg – he has a little fracture in his fibula, as a result. So, he will have a boot on his leg for two weeks and then he will be able to get back on it! It is not the end of the world, and it will not alter his plans, as he was not going to do any Lucas Oil Pro Motocross rounds this year. However, it is obviously crushing to have another injury; hopefully he has a healthy run over the next year.
Elliott Banks Browne has had to deal with a similar scenario, as he too has been sidelined again, not too long after his shoulder injury. In the days leading up to the sixth Maxxis British Championship round, EBB had a heavy slow speed crash, but his wayward Buildbase Honda hit him. He suffered a concussion in that fall and severe lacerations to his back. There is no time span on his recovery, although we expect him to attempt to return for Canada Heights in just over a week.
Well, this one came out of nowhere – Jeffrey Herlings is on the sidelines after fracturing his femur in an 85 race at the ‘Everts and Friends’ charity event. Jeffrey has already had surgery, but it is unlikely he will return before the end of year, although rumours indicate that he may attempt to clinch a point or two at the season finale. The race is on for the title now, as Jordi Tixier needs to finish fourth in seven of the motos and third in the other (or better, of course) to beat Jeffrey to the number one plate. We’re on the edge of our seats, folks!
James Stewart is out of Washougal, unsurprisingly, but it is not neccessarily because of an issue. The team mentioned “health issues” in their press release. James has had some rough weeks recently, so I think he is taking the weekend off to regroup and try to rediscover his form from the beginning of the year. It seems that he will definitely be back in Unadilla, a track that has not been kind to him in the past, but at that point any hopes he had of a solid finish in the standings will have been smashed.
Although unconfirmed, Clement Desalle is contemplating a return at the GP of the Czech Republic this weekend. I suspect that he will roll around in the free practice session and then make a decision on whether to continue based off of that. In a team press release, Clement stated that “I haven’t ridden the bike yet but I have had some improvement to the point where I have been able to try some activities like cycling and swimming,” so if he does return, he would be far from one-hundred percent. I think it will come down to how much third in the championship means to him – he needs to protect that spot.
Gautier Paulin will also return to action this weekend, which will be great for the MXGP class! Gautier was off of the bike for a lot longer than he originally thought, but that time could have done him some good. I think that he will be a podium contender immediately, especially at Loket, a track that should suit him.
2015 Dates Revealed:
The Maxxis British Championship and MX Nationals have released their provisional dates for the 2015 season, so you can start to plan next year! We expect these to change a lot over the coming months, but it gives you an idea at least.
Maxxis British Championship:
Words: Lewis Phillips
Image: Kawasaki Racing