Whilst completing countless laps at various practice tracks in the off-season, there is obviously a risk that a rider can get injured. A handful of guys have succumbed to health issues in recent weeks and will therefore miss the annual Hawkstone International, sadly, but there are some riders who have found the strength to return in the sand. Who is in for the event? View the list below.
In for Hawkstone Park
Arminas Jasikonis: Arminas Jasikonis has had a turbulent start to his time with Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing. After crashing out of the first Internazionali d'Italia round and hurting his leg, which caused him to miss round two, he returned at Mantova and then crashed out again. Jasikonis will be on the line at Hawkstone Park this weekend.
Martin Barr: Martin Barr sustained a broken finger in his debut with the Crescent Yamaha team, which was at the opening round of the Arenacross Tour in Belfast but is now back to his regular programme. Barr has a busy weekend ahead of him, actually, as he will race round six of the AX Tour on Saturday night and then tackle the Hawkstone International on Sunday.
Out of Hawkstone Park
Jeffrey Herlings: Jeffrey Herlings was going to be the greatest star at Hawkstone Park, just as he was a year ago, but a foot injury that was sustained in January has forced him onto the sidelines. There is currently no timeline on his recovery, although it seems as though he will definitely miss the opening round of the 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship in Argentina.
Glenn Coldenhoff: Glenn Coldenhoff had a horrible crash in November and compressed three vertebrae in his back, as well as suffering a broken wrist. It is actually remarkable that he is already back on his bike, all things considered, but he has admitted that he is not ready to race at Hawkstone Park. His status for round one in Argentina is unknown.
Kevin Strijbos: The Hawkstone International was going to be the first event for Kevin Strijbos aboard a JWR Yamaha, but a recurring elbow injury stopped that. Strijbos had surgery on his injured elbow at the end of the previous season, but it has not worked quite as well as expected. Another surgery happened last week, so he is expected to miss six to eight weeks.
Graeme Irwin: It was well known that Graeme Irwin was suffering after sustaining a serious wrist injury at the last round of the 2018 FIM Motocross World Championship, but no one was prepared for his news that dropped earlier this week. Irwin has now retired from professional racing and, as a result of that, is not set to race at the Hawkstone International.
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: KTM Images/Ray Archer