Although the conditions at the opening round of Monster Energy Supercross, Anaheim 1, were tricky, very few riders suffered an injury. Dylan Merriam crashed out, but will be back this weekend, and now it has been confirmed that Justin Starling will return too. Who is going to miss the second round in Glendale though? Peruse the list below to learn more.
In for Glendale
Dylan Merriam: Dylan Merriam had a tricky start to the 250SX West series, because of two big crashes, but will be on the line at his team’s home event this weekend. Although nothing was broken at A1, he was beat up and therefore spent time resting his body this week. It remains to be seen if he is going to be at his best on Saturday night.
Justin Starling: Justin Starling was unsure whether or not he was going to compete at round two of Monster Energy Supercross, following a hard crash in practice at Anaheim 1, but decided to try to ride in a press session today (Friday) and felt surprisingly good. Starling is still sore and also has the flu, but will still soldier on in the 250SX West class.
Out of Glendale
Zach Osborne: Zach Osborne had surgery in the days prior to Anaheim 1 and has now resumed training off of the bike. It has not been specified when he will return, as it is far too early for that, but it is thought that his recovery time will be approximately four to six weeks. Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing didn’t fill his spot.
Weston Peick: Weston Peick suffered horrific injuries in Paris a month and a half ago and is going to make a full recovery. Multiple nose, eye and other facial fractures were sustained. There were two breaks in his jaw and dual dislocation of the jaw bone from his skull also. Although he will make a full recovery, he will not compete at any Monster Energy Supercross rounds in 2019.
Benny Bloss: Benny Bloss crashed at Lake Elsinore on Christmas Eve and suffered a torn ACL, which is going to rule him out of the entire 2019 Monster Energy Supercross series. The Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM squad have already filled his spot, as Justin Bogle is slated to contest all seventeen rounds with them. Bogle was nineteenth at A1.
Christian Craig: Christian Craig was going to contest the 250SX West series for GEICO Honda but fell at Milestone towards the end of December and suffered a thumb injury. It is nothing too serious, thankfully, but has forced him to shift his attention to the 250SX East division that starts in February. Cameron McAdoo has been drafted in as his replacement and was eleventh at A1.
Chase Sexton: Chase Sexton was also going to compete in the 250SX West class for GEICO Honda, like Christian Craig, but injured his collarbone on an MTB. The injury was not going to heal in time for Anaheim 1 and, as a result of that, the first round of the 250SX East series in Minneapolis is his priority. 2019 marks his sophomore year in supercross.
Jeremy Martin: Jeremy Martin suffered a horrific blow at the fifth round of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross, Muddy Creek, six months ago, as a crash resulted in a burst fracture of his L1 vertebrae. It was thought that he would be set to compete in Monster Energy Supercross at some point, but complications have forced him to withdraw from the entire 2019 season. Martin had successful surgery earlier this week.
Dakota Tedder: Dakota Tedder has a ninth surgery on his wrist prior to Anaheim 1? “They had to break my ulna bone and shorten it to give me more room, because it was rubbing against my radius and my implant," Tedder wrote on his social-media accounts. This tricky wrist injury is expected to keep him on the sidelines for the foreseeable future.
Deven Raper: Deven Raper, a popular privateer, broke his pelvis and nose whilst training at Milestone on November 20. The injuries are obviously significant and therefore, at the time of writing, there is no timeline on his return. Raper is unsure if he will even make it back before the end of the 2019 Monster Energy Supercross season.
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: ConwayMX