It has been a fairly quiet week for Monster Energy Supercross news. Justin Starling is the only rider who has been added to the list of absentees in the last seven days, but his injury is not too serious and he will be back on track soon enough. Who else is set to watch San Diego from the sidelines? This regular MX Vice feature will bring you up to speed.
In for San Diego
Ben Lamay: Ben Lamay admitted that he tweaked his leg in the last practice session in Oakland, hence why he struggled in the night show, but did not divulge specific details. Lamay has had work done this week and will be back on track in San Diego, although it remains to be seen whether or not he will actually be at 100%.
Out of San Diego
Justin Starling: Justin Starling was hit by another rider in Oakland and fractured his wrist upon impact. The appropriate actions have been taken and Starling will consequently miss round five of 2019 Monster Energy Supercross in San Diego, but he is expected to return at the next 250SX West race in Atlanta. The Mercedes-Benz Stadium will play host to a 250SX East/West Showdown.
Jason Anderson: Jason Anderson hit rock bottom last week, as he crashed and sustained a broken arm that is going to keep him on the sidelines for around six weeks. Anderson 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 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 on and off of the bike. Osborne is focussed on returning over in Minneapolis, round six of 2019 Monster Energy Supercross, so fans do not have too long to wait for his premier-class debut. This is the final time this year that Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing will have no 450SX riders beneath the awning.
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.
Jeremy Martin: Jeremy Martin suffered a horrific blow at the fifth round of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross, Muddy Creek, in June last year, 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 another successful surgery last month.
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 next weekend. Craig appears to be ready to race in Minneapolis.
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.
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