Injuries are hitting the American scene hard, unfortunately. So, we have more injury news to report this week, as some guys will probably be out of action for a long period of time. Some riders have been locking down 2014 contracts this week, which is positive for the sport – it is always good to see strong riders find homes! If you want to catch up on this news, as well as some other tidbits of information, you can find it all in the MX Vice ‘Weekly Wrap Up’ as per usual. So, let’s get into all of the news from the world of motocross!
Signed, Sealed and Delivered:
Jake Millward is one of the riders that seems to be making a lot of progress each year, as he keeps moving up through the MX2 Maxxis British Championship standings, and inching a bit closer to the front of the pack. In 2013, he posted good results on an Oakleaf Kawasaki, and finished twentieth in the series, as a result, but I would argue that he could have potentially finished a lot higher up than that. Anyway, it was announced earlier this week that Jake has signed with the Shocktech Kawasaki team for the 2014 season – he will be competing in the Maxxis British Championship and the Pro Nationals aboard a 250f.
In recent years, Colton Facciotti has run into a couple of injury problems, which have hurt his results. Colton has been on the strongest squad (Red Bull KTM) in the Canadian pits, over the last two years, but that just hasn’t worked out as expected. So, he is on the move for 2014, as he has signed with the Honda Canada GDR TLD team. It seems like his machine will be just as good as what he has ridden in the past; Matt Jury (former engine tuner for the American TLD team) will be preparing his engines. This deal could also allow Colton to head down and race a few AMA races, which would be very interesting! At the moment the team are looking into signing an MX2 rider for the 2014 season.
Some of the smaller privateer teams are now confirming their 2014 lineup ahead of the AMA Supercross season opener on January 5th. The Slaton Racing squad (that Vince Friese rode for this year) has signed Austin Politelli and Preston Mull to compete in the 250SX West series, it has been revealed. Of course, Austin had a chance to ride for Red Bull KTM, but that deal did not work out, clearly. But, I still expect great things from the 2013 Canadian MX2 champ – he has had a handful of great rides on the 250f in supercross. Both guys will be on Yamaha, and they will receive support from the manufacturer, surprisingly.
If you are a regular reader of this article, you probably saw that we wrote last week that Phil Nicoletti would be on a JGR Yamaha next year. Well, this has now been officially announced, and as suspected Nicoletti will be a substitute that will jump in if either Brayton or Grant get injured or are underperforming. However, it is definite that Phil will get to ride six rounds at least, no matter what the circumstances are.
Injuries, Injuries, Injuries:
Last week, both Millsaps and Canard succumbed to injury. Now, we all hoped that this would be the end of the injuries before A1. But, two more guys have been forced onto the sidelines this week unfortunately. Justin Bogle crashed, whilst testing with the Geico Honda team, and now has five broken vertebra, and a broken shoulder blade as a result. It seems that he went to scrub a high-speed jump, but caught his footpeg and got ejected from his machine, similar to the crash that Zach Bell had at Arlington earlier this year. At this point Bogle could make it back for the start of 250SX East, but no definite timeline on his recovery has been released.
Unfortunately, Joey Savatgy is the other rider that we lost to injury this week. Judging by the list of injuries that he has sustained, it seems doubtful that he will be on-track anytime soon. Following a crash at Milestone, he sustained broken ribs, a broken wrist, collapsed lungs and an AC separation. Joey was scheduled to ride the 250SX East division. But at this point, there is no word on how long it will take him to recover from these injuries.
Words by Lewis Phillips
Image courtesy of Elliot Spencer