Injuries, Injuries, Injuries:
Obviously, the worst-case scenario for a rider is to leave a pre-season international with an injury. Fortunately, this is not the case for Adam Sterry, as his ankle injury is not as bad as originally feared. Adam fell in race one and hurt his ankle, as a result, so he headed to the hospital to get it checked out. The x-rays showed no broken bones; it is just badly bruised and swollen. Sterry will have to spend a short amount of time recovering, because of this, but he will be back on his KTM soon enough.
Anthony Rodriguez was certainly under the radar going into the 2014 250SX season, but he soon forced people to sit up and take notice, thanks to his speed. Rodriguez ran third in the main in Arlington and Atlanta, but he crashed out both times. Unfortunately, his fall this past weekend has left him on the sidelines, as he broke his collarbone. Anthony has already had surgery, and will now have to spend four weeks on the sidelines before getting back on his Star Racing Yamaha.
Although the Muscle Milk Honda team are being very quiet about the injuries that Justin Barcia sustained in his Atlanta practice crash, he must have done some damage, as he will be on the sidelines this weekend in Indianapolis. In an official statement, the team mentioned that they expect him back in Daytona. However, I am beginning to wonder if there is more to this than meets the eye. It is no secret that Justin is unhappy with his setup. Perhaps the team have told him to take the week off in order to try and fix the problem that has been hindering him?
There are a lot of rumours floating around at the moment that indicate that Dean Ferris has broken his wrist. However, this has not been confirmed by either Dean or the Red Bull KTM team yet, strangely. Anyway, it sounds like Ferris has a severe break, which could potentially rule him out for the remainder of the year. Of course, nothing has been confirmed, but it certainly does not look good for him.
The seven round Garmin Arenacross series will conclude this weekend at the Wembley Arena in London. Interestingly, a handful of riders will be returning from injury for the series finale. Steven Clarke (dislocated wrist), Tyler Villopoto (ankle injury) and Elliott Banks-Browne (bruised wrist) have all recovered from their various health issues. I am a little surprised to see them returning; it seems like an unnecessary risk, especially as the outdoor season is so close.
Just like we reported last week, Dean Wilson will make his 450SX debut aboard a TwoTwo Motorsports machine this weekend in Indianapolis. Of course, this will be a popular talking point for most, as it is unknown how he will perform in the big bike class. Personally, I think he will finish in the lower half of the top ten and battle with the likes of Andrew Short and Broc Tickle. Of course, we won’t know until the gate drops on Saturday night, but it will be a very interesting subplot.
Dean Wilson will not be the only 250SX West rider on the 450SX starting line this weekend, as Cole Seely will be filling in for Justin Barcia on the Muscle Milk Honda team. Cole is no stranger to the big bike class, as he has completed a few races on the factory Honda in the past. You can guarantee that both riders will want to beat each other this weekend, as bragging rights can do a lot for a riders confidence.
FIM Motocross World Championship, Round One – Losail, Qatar:
Well, here we go! After months of indoor action, the outdoor season is about to fire into life this weekend beneath the lights in Qatar. Although the Qatari GP in 2013 left more to be desired, it seems that they have made vital improvements to the event this year, which is definitely positive. Obviously, both Antonio Cairoli and Jeffrey Herlings are the favourites, and why wouldn’t they be? What we have seen in the off-season indicates that they will be unbeatable, yet again.
However, there are a whole host of riders that will be nipping at their heels, which will result in great racing, I’m sure. There are many different ways that you can watch the action. All four motos will be live on Motors TV, starting at 4pm (UK time). If you’re a faithful Eurosport viewer, the first motos will be slightly delayed, but the second motos will be live. Of course, you can also view everything live on MXGP TV, too.
Monster Energy Supercross, Round Nine – Indianapolis:
The 2014 Monster Energy Supercross series will roll into the Lucas Oil Stadium this weekend, for round nine. It has been a superb season thus far, as there have been four different riders that have won two main events thus far. Ryan Villopoto still leads the series, but Ken Roczen is right there. If the German can top the podium again this weekend, he could really get on a bit of a roll. James Stewart will be looking to rebound after a disappointing time in Atlanta. Ryan Dungey will be hoping to at least be more of a factor in the race for the win, too.
Although there have been just two rounds run, the 250SX East title fight looks like it is going to come down to two riders; Adam Cianciarulo and Martin Davalos. Both riders seem to be a step above the competition in regard to speed, so it will be interesting to see if anyone can challenge them. I expect to see more from Blake Baggett, as a bad start hindered him last time out. Of course, Justin Bogle and Blake Wharton could play a role in the fight for the win, also.
Amsoil Arenacross, Round Nine – Tulsa:
The Amsoil Arenacross series is about to heat up, as the ‘race to the championship’ will begin this weekend in Tulsa. Following the race last weekend, the top ten riders in the standings had their points reset, and they will now battle it out for the title over four rounds. Obviously, this is a high-pressure situation for all of the riders, so it will be interesting to see how they all cope. Tyler Bowers has to be the favourite, as he has returned to winning ways in recent weeks.
Garmin Arenacross, Round Seven – Wembley Arena:
It is hard to believe that the Garmin Arenacross is already coming to a close, but the season finale will be held at the Wembley Arena on Saturday night. Fabien Izoird claimed the title at the previous round, but there is still a lot up for grabs in the pro class. The fight for the runner up position is hotly contested, as there are a whole host of riders that will be vying for the position. Tickets are still available, so make sure that you pick yours up now!
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Words: Lewis Phillips
Image: James Lissimore