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The previous Grand Prix was just a couple of days ago, so one would think that nothing would have changed since then. That is very wrong. A couple of riders have been added to the injury list since the Grand Prix of Latvia, and it is likely that another guy could be added in the coming hours. Here is the latest on each injured rider in the 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship. Got a specific question? Tweet us (@motocrossvice).
|In for the MXGP of Riga|
Thomas Olsen: Thomas Olsen crashed on the Wednesday before the Grand Prix of Latvia and suffered a fractured shoulder blade, unfortunately. Olsen pushed through the pain on Sunday, despite admitting he almost did not go out for moto two, and will be back to salvage more points on Wednesday.
|Out of the MXGP of Riga|
Kevin Horgmo: Kevin Horgmo has not had much luck in his maiden MX2 campaign, and that was evident at the Grand Prix of Latvia on Sunday. Horgmo fell in turn one and dislocated his shoulder, which will obviously stop him from racing on Wednesday. Horgmo should be back in Turkey.
Shaun Simpson: Shaun Simpson had a brutal crash in the second moto at the Grand Prix of Riga on Sunday, which has forced him to return to the United Kingdom prematurely. There are no broken bones or anything like that, luckily, but he does have a very sore back and neck. Simpson will get that checked out once at home.
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: J.P. Acevedo