Updates: MXGP of Latvia

A gaggle of MXGP updates

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When this feature was put together at the first Grand Prix of the season, it was fairly small and almost irrelevant. The list has grown significantly in recent weeks, however, hence why it has become a useful tool to find out who is currently out of action. A lot has changed since the previous round.

In for the MXGP of Latvia

Hunter Lawrence: Hunter Lawrence was battling a virus at the first two rounds of the FIM Motocross World Championship, then suffered more poor luck at the fourth round. A crash in time practice left him with a broken metacarpal in his hand. Lawrence initially stated that he wanted to return in Russia, until an MRI indicated that it would not be possible, but is now ready to race! Lawrence told MX Vice exclusively that he does think the hand will be a problem.

Hunter Lawrence does not think his hand will be an issue this weekend (Monster Energy Media/Ray Archer)

Out of the MXGP of Latvia

Adam Sterry: Adam Sterry banged his ankle whilst racing in the Dutch Masters series last weekend, but did not think that he had done any significant damage. Ligament damage was sustained, however, so he will miss the next rounds of the FIM Motocross World Championship. It is likely that he will return at Matterley Basin in June.

Tommy Searle: There are no problems to speak of with Tommy Searle, but he will spend another week on the bike before returning to the MXGP division at the Grand Prix of Germany. Searle would have been back on the bike for four weeks by the time that event rolls around.

Vsevolod Brylyakov: Vsevolod Brylyakov has had such a rough time of it in recent years and, unfortunately, suffered another blow at the Grand Prix of Russia. Brylyakov tore his ACL in the second moto and will miss a significant amount of time. In fact, there is a chance that he will not be able to return at all this year.

Vsevolod Brylyakov was dealt another crushing blow at his home Grand Prix (Monster Energy Media/Ray Archer)

Shaun Simpson: Initial reports suggested that Shaun Simpson did not sustain any significant injuries at the Grand Prix of Russia, but a report from Yamaha later indicated that he fractured three ribs and chipped his ilium. The ilium is the top part of the hip bone. Anyway, Simpson will not be riding this weekend. There is a chance that he could return for Teutschenthal though.

Bas Vaessen: Bas Vaessen had a spectacular crash in the second moto at the Grand Prix of Trentino, which left him with a grade three muscle rupture in his leg. It is likely that Vaessen will return to racing at the Grand Prix of Lombardia in June and, seeing as he will miss a significant amount of time, 114 Motorsports are searching for a replacement.

Darian Sanayei: Darian Sanayei tore his ACL at the first round of the Maxxis British Championship, but the Latvian fixture was initially pointed to as a race that he could return at. It now seems as though he will return to racing at Matterley Basin and then a decision will be made about his future shortly after that.

Darian Sanayei could race at Matterley Basin, but that will be the earliest that he returns (Monster Energy Media/Ray Archer)

Valentin Guillod: There was some positive news from the Standing Construct KTM team earlier this week, as Valentin Guillod has started riding again! There is still no timeline on his return, but one would presume that he will be back at the races in June. Guillod has had a rough go of it lately, as he has raced at just one Grand Prix since May last year.

Jordi Tixier: Jordi Tixier initially wanted to return at the Grand Prix of Trentino, but then scrapped that idea after struggled at an international race in France. Now, however, it seems that he will not return to the FIM Motocross World Championship for quite a while. No timeline has been specified, but it does not sound like it will be any time soon.

Brian Bogers: After shattering his foot whilst testing a CRF250R in November, Brian Bogers started riding at the end of March. Bogers encountered more issues through that time, unfortunately, as a small crack on his foot was identified. Surgery was performed just a couple of days ago, so he will not return to racing until the end of the season. Todd Waters has been hired as his replacement beneath the HRC awning.

Todd Waters has been hired as the replacement for Brian Bogers (Honda Racing Corporation)

Brian Hsu: Brian Hsu dislocated his shoulder whilst training in Italy before the Grand Prix of Europe. The shoulder was put back into place immediately and it was stated that he would not be out for too long. There has been no statement regarding his recovery, a timeline on his return or anything else though. Both Hsu and Bud Racing have been contacted for a comment

Arnaud Tonus: It has been a difficult couple of months for Arnaud Tonus, with a handful of knocks and injuries. A dislocated shoulder that was sustained at LaCapelle Marival was the most devastating, as it required surgery and will rule him out for another four months or so. It is going to be quite some time before the Swiss star is seen on track again.

Milko Potisek: Milko Potisek tangled with another rider on the face of a jump at the MXGP of Europe and, as a result, fractured his ankle in two places. Potisek got the green light from his surgeon to begin riding a little over a week ago, so is not too far from a return to MXGP. Teutschenthal may be unrealistic, seeing as he would have only been back on the bike for a little over two weeks, so it is most likely that he will be at Matterley Basin.

Anton Gole: Anton Gole has been riding for a while now, after sustaining a broken scaphoid in the winter, but his hand did not feel strong enough for him to consider a return at the Grand Prix of Latvia. Instead, Gole has opted to log more laps and ensure that he can return with a bang. There is a good chance that could be at Teutschenthal next weekend.

Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Monster Energy Media/Ray Archer

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