It has been a rather busy week for those following the 2019 Monster Energy Supercross series, as a handful of elite guys have battled injuries and altered their current status. A few things have changed, ahead of the fourth round in Oakland, but this regular feature on MX Vice will bring you up to speed.
In for Oakland
Justin Barcia: Justin Barcia suffered a bruised tailbone in his crash at Anaheim 2, but it actually sounds like he has had a positive week. A report from Yamaha suggests that he even managed to ride! It is very unlikely that he will be at 100% though, so salvaging points is the priority.
Matt Bisceglia: A mild concussion, which was sustained at the second round of Monster Energy Supercross, kept Matt Bisceglia off the track at Anaheim 2, but he is set to return in Oakland. Bisceglia has not made a 450SX main event yet this season but will strive to fulfil his potential from this point on.
Kyle Chisholm: Kyle Chisholm had a horrific crash in the last-chance qualifier at Anaheim 2, yet got back on a bike at press day today and will compete in Oakland tomorrow. It remains to be seen how close to one hundred percent he will be, as he is still beat up and dealing with a sprained wrist.
Out of Oakland
Jason Anderson: Jason Anderson hit rock bottom this week, as he crashed and sustained a broken arm that is going to keep him on the sidelines for around eight weeks. Anderson has really had an absolutely terrible January and will now have an opportunity to smash the reset button. It remains to be seen if he is going to return before the end of Monster Energy Supercross or wait for Lucas Oil Pro Motocross.
Dylan Merriam: Dylan Merriam has had a rough start to the season, after a fall at Anaheim 1, and has now decided that he needs to rest in order to give his back injury an opportunity to heal. Merriam was vague in a social-media statement and did not specify what the problem with his back is exactly, but he is going to be out for an unspecified amount of time.
Malcolm Stewart: Malcolm Stewart was arguably one of the most exciting prospects in the premier division at rounds one and two of Monster Energy Supercross, hence why it is particularly disappointing that he will miss the remainder of the season with a broken femur. The crash was sustained in the Glendale main event. MotoConcepts will not fill his seat.
Zach Osborne: Zach Osborne had surgery in the days prior to Anaheim 1 and has now resumed training. It has not been specified when he will return, but reports suggest that he could be back on track in Minneapolis in two weeks. Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing didn't fill his spot.
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 filled his spot; Justin Bogle is slated to contest all seventeen rounds with them.
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.
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 is his replacement.
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 had 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