Injuries, Injuries, Injuries:
Chad Reed really is a fan favourite nowadays, as the entire motocross community seemed saddened after he crashed in the whoops in San Diego on Saturday night. Unfortunately, the injuries sustained are not easy to overcome, as he has broken his scapula, his collarbone and the T1 in his back. Although these injuries would sideline most riders for a handful of rounds, Chad has stated that he will be on the gate tomorrow night in Dallas. Now, whether he gets out there or not remains to be seen, but that is certainly his intention.
Prior to San Diego, the season had not exactly been great for Jake Weimer; we all expected him to be stronger than he was. Although he did have a few flashes of brilliance, they were few and far between. In practice this past weekend, he went down hard when he clipped the hay-bales that divided the split section. Unfortunately, the result was not good, as he dislocated his shoulder and chipped a bone in his hand. So, it is unlikely that we see Weimer on-track for a while, as he has vowed to wait until he is one hundred percent healthy before returning to the Monster Energy Supercross series.
Where was Wil Hahn this past weekend? Well, he actually rode both practice sessions, and set times that placed him twelfth and eighteenth, so he was very much in the mix early on. But, Wil only completed three laps in that second session, as he re-aggravated a contusion to his right hand (that he sustained at Anaheim 3 one week earlier). Although Hahn could have pushed through the pain (he did exactly that at A3), sitting out was certainly a smart decision, as the risk was greater than the reward.
Following his victory at the Liverpool round of the Garmin Arenacross series, we were all eager to see if Elliott Banks-Browne could repeat his success in Newcastle this past weekend. However, he dropped out with an injury. But, it was not a crash that caused the hand injury; he sustained it whilst getting out of his van. Although EBB attempted to ride practice, it was just too painful. Now, following a scan earlier in the week, he has discovered that it may be a trapped nerve or ligament between the bones. So, he will have it in a splint for two weeks.
Unfortunately, Bryan Mackenzie sustained a variety of injuries in Newcastle, as the tough track claimed him too. His injuries include a fractured scapula, ribs and a bruised long. Obviously, this will rule him out of the remainder of the Garmin Arenacross series, but he feels confident that he will be back in time for Landrake. Bryan had this to say about his crash in a team press release:
“I was one of only a few guys sending a triple out of a rhythm lane, but one lap the soft soil caught me out and I endoed the whole way over and hit the ground hard. I spent the rest of the day in the hospital with some internal bruising amongst other things.”
Missing in Action:
I am sure that some of you are wondering what happened to Brad Anderson at the most recent Garmin Arenacross round, as he rode the two heats, but did not show up for the LCQ. Brad later stated that he chose to pull out, as it was just too dangerous. Obviously, his main goal is the Maxxis British Championship, so it was certainly a wise choice – there is no point risking injury! The track in Newcastle was certainly the toughest so far, as the big triple, long whoops and rhythm section caught a handful of riders out. Anderson will not compete at either of the final two rounds, either.
Pre Season International Cancelled:
Now that the FIM Motocross World Championship starts at the beginning of March (rather than the start of April, like it used to), the historic pre-season internationals have been put in a difficult situation, as they have to run their events very early in the year, when the weather is a big concern. Unfortunately, the popular Valence international (that was meant to be run this weekend) has been cancelled, due to bad weather. Of course, this is a huge blow to a lot of the teams, as Valence was their final opportunity to break in their new bikes in a race scenario.
Signed, Sealed and Delivered:
In recent years, the elite riders have tried to get their contracts signed for the following year as early as possible. Evidently, this year is no different, as we have already heard about Justin Barcia riding some other manufacturers in order to help him decide whom to ride for in 2015. Barcia is not the only one that wanted to get silly season out of the way though, as James Stewart has already re-signed with the Yoshimura Suzuki team for the 2015 season. Interestingly, he has only agreed on a one-year deal, which indicates that he may retire at the end of his contract.
Monster Energy Supercross, Round Seven – Dallas:
The 2014 Monster Energy Supercross series is moving forward at a rapid rate, as we are already heading over to the east coast! Unfortunately, Chad Reed is not going to be one hundred percent. In fact, it is unknown whether he will make it to the starting gate on Saturday night. James Stewart may take his place as Ryan Villopoto’s greatest rival; he is clearly up to the challenge judging by his ride in San Diego. Ken Roczen will be a threat, as he has been most weeks. Ryan Dungey, Eli Tomac and Justin Barcia will all be looking to get back in the fight for wins, too.
The 250SX East class will occupy the attention of most I am sure, as Dallas will act as the first round of their 2014 series. There really is not a favourite in that class, as everyone is heading in on an even playing field, it seems. Adam Cianciarulo, Blake Baggett, Martin Davalos, Justin Bogle, Blake Wharton and Jeremy Martin should be the favourites for the championship. Who will win? You will have to tune in to find out.
Amsoil Arenacross, Round Seven – Nampa:
The 2014 Amsoil Arenacross series is still very close at the head of the field, as there are just three points separating Zach Ames (the series leader) and Tyler Bowers (the reigning champ) at the head of the field. Bowers is still dealing with a fractured tibia. But despite this, he won both main events in Sacramento on Saturday. Kyle Regal made an appearance up on the box last weekend, as he finished third overall. Perhaps he could mix it up at the front? The seventh round will take place in Nampa this weekend.
Garmin Arenacross, Round Six – Sheffield:
Following Newcastle, Fabien Izoird has a comfortable points lead in the Garmin Arenacross standings, as he leads by seventeen points over Daniel McCoy. Now, the battle for second in the series has really heated up, as four points separate McCoy, Cyrille Coulon and Steven Clarke! The Sheffield track looks like another technical one, with a few different options. So, it should prompt great racing like we saw in Newcastle!
Words: Lewis Phillips
Image: Suzuki Racing