Waiting Room: MXGP of Britain

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The Grand Prix of Great Britain will mark the start of yet another FIM Motocross World Championship. That is enough of a reason to get excited. This list is just a boost! All of the heavy hitters who sustained an injury in the off-season have somehow recovered in time to race the season opener. Updates on all injured riders are outlined below.

In for the MXGP of Britain

Ben Watson: Ben Watson injured his hand shortly after the first round of that Italian series, so had to spend a couple of weeks on the sidelines. Watson has got some ride time in before the Grand Prix of Great Britain, however, and will start the season this weekend. 

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Jorge Prado: Jorge Prado broke his femur a week before Christmas and only started riding again two weeks ago. In what only be described as a crazy turnaround, Prado will race this weekend and start his first season aboard the bigger bike.

Arnaud Tonus: Arnaud Tonus was scheduled to race the final pre-season event, LaCapelle Marival, but was forced to withdraw after tweaking his thumb in practice. The injury is not one hundred percent but will not stop him from racing at the Grand Prix of Great Britain. 

Thomas Olsen: Thomas Olsen spent roughly five weeks off of the bike after injuring his hand in January. In fact, he only started riding again on Wednesday. Olsen is a little behind the eight ball, bearing that in mind, but will race at Matterley Basin this weekend.

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Mathys Boisrame: Mathys Boisrame is yet another guy who suffered a hand injury in the winter and is set to build himself up as the season progresses. Boisrame did not do a single pre-season event, so this is going to be his F&H Racing Kawasaki debut.

Out of the MXGP of Britain

Julien Lieber: Julien Lieber has been dealing with a small wrist injury recently and has now decided to undergo a small surgery to fix the issues. It has been confirmed that he’ll miss the first three rounds, because of that, but he should be back in April.

Jere Haavisto: Jere Haavisto sustained a back injury in the off-season and will therefore miss the first round of the new season. Glen Meier will take his spot in MX2 and on the JK Racing Yamaha outfit. Haavisto could return as soon as Valkenswaard next weekend.

Tommy Searle: Tommy Searle was expected to race at the Grand Prix of Great Britain, but a minor shoulder injury that was sustained in January will stop him from competing. Searle will be ready to go when the first round of the domestic series takes place.

Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Bavo Swijgers

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