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The 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship is back! A lot has gone on in the five months since the Grand Prix of The Netherlands, and a lot of riders have dealt with (and eventually overcome) various health issues. Who has actually been dealt a setback in the time away from the races? Who has used the time to get back to full fitness and make amends for a poor start to the season? That information is down in the regular MX Vice feature below. Remember that if you have any specific questions, just contact us on social media (head to @motocrossvice on Twitter).
|In for the MXGP of Latvia|
Jeffrey Herlings: Jeffrey Herlings actually sustained a minor concussion in mid-June, which kept him off of the bike for roughly three weeks. Herlings missed the Arnhem pre-season event, for that reason, but raced at Axel last weekend and won a moto. It was quite clear that he is where he needs to be.
Roan Van De Moosdijk: It was a long time ago now, but Roan Van De Moosdijk suffered a broken ankle at the Grand Prix of The Netherlands in March. It was initially thought that he would miss around four rounds with the injury, but he actually missed nothing. How about that? Moosdijk is fully fit now.
Romain Febvre: Romain Febvre has not started a race in the 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship, as a knee injury that was suffered in February really held him back. Febvre is fully fit now – a five-month break will obviously do that – and actually won the last pre-season event in The Netherlands.
|Out of the MXGP of Latvia|
Jeremy Sydow: Jeremy Sydow has skipped a considerable amount of bike time since the Dutch Grand Prix of NL in March with a mystery illness. Although he is now back on a bike, he has only had a week or so and is not comfortable enough to race the Latvian triple header. Expect Sydow to return in Turkey.
Julien Lieber: Julien Lieber will never line up for a FIM Motocross World Championship round again, as the elbow injury that he sustained in July last year has prompted some additional hand issues that just will not allow him to compete at the highest level. Lieber has retired, effective immediately.
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 wearing a neck brace still, so will not be back for a while. Expect to see him in late October.
Kevin Strijbos: Kevin Strijbos had surgery on a hernia in the first half of July, which means that he will have to miss the Latvian triple header. Everything is going to plan– he has just started cycling again. Strijbos will not start riding again for two or three weeks, which means he will miss Turkey.
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 ago. The C2 vertebra was broken and required emergency surgery. There is no timeline on his recovery, but 2020 could be 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 (in Latvia funnily enough) – 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 has not yet managed to recover fully – it should not be too long before he hits the track again though. DRT Kawasaki are not present in Latvia, as they have no riders.
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Bavo Swijgers