The FIM Motocross World Championship will resume at the notoriously difficult circuit of Lommel, Belgium, this weekend. The sandy track is pegged as the toughest on the Grand Prix calendar and, with that in mind, it is surprising that some have opted to make their return to competitive racing at this particular event. A handful of riders are set to do that though.
|In for the MXGP of Belgium.|
Anthony Rodriguez: Anthony Rodriguez has had a rough time of it since joining the Kemea Yamaha squad. Rodriguez had to get stitches in his hand following the qualifying race at the previous round and, due to swelling, was unable to race. Rodriguez has been training in the sand since then though, so will return to racing at the Grand Prix of Belgium.
Conrad Mewse: Conrad Mewse skipped the Grand Prix of Czechia with a sore knee, but obviously returned to racing at the fifth Maxxis British Championship round. Seeing as Mewse, who runs fourteenth in the standings, has been back on the bike for around a week now, he will return to the FIM Motocross World Championship this weekend. Mewse last completed a round of this series at Ottobiano in June.
Davy Pootjes: Davy Pootjes attempted to return to racing at the Czech Grand Prix but was still a little beat up from his crash at the Asian round. So, bearing that in mind, he opted to withdraw on the Saturday and turn his attention to this weekend’s event at Lommel. Although he only started riding again earlier this week, he will be on track in conditions that he enjoys. Pootjes sits tenth in the standings currently.
|Out of the MXGP of Belgium.|
Brian Hsu: Brian Hsu is having a rough go of it. Hsu was set to return at the Czech Grand Prix, after sustaining an injury in March, but dislocated his shoulder again at a domestic race and will now miss the remainder of the season. It is unknown what his future holds, as he has had no noteworthy results for a handful of years now. This new injury could not have come at a worse time for the Bud Racing rider.
Arminas Jasikonis: Arminas Jasikonis has struggled since he hit the dirt at the French Grand Prix last month, hence why he left Indonesia earlier than planned and then skipped Loket. It now seems as though Jasikonis is going to miss a significant period and may even not return at all this season. Confirmation is expected from either the rider or Assomotor Honda team in the coming days, but it is very likely.
Max Nagl: Max Nagl sustained a finger injury at an ADAC MX Masters round that was run before the Czech Grand Prix and will also miss the Belgian fixture this weekend. The TM Factory Racing squad initially stated that he would return for the Swiss round, which is next on the calendar, so the team will be back in the paddock sooner rather than later. Nagl has now dropped outside of the top ten in the points.
Brian Bogers: Brian Bogers has officially started his rehabilitation programme. A cast was removed in the middle of July, so the focus is now on regaining range of motion and muscle. Another check up with the doctor is scheduled in six weeks or so and then it will become clear when he will be able to ride again. It sounds as though there is a chance that he may race at some point this year, which would be surprising.
Iker Larranaga Olano: Iker Larranaga Olano is on the road to recovery now, although he will still be sidelined for quite some time. Larranaga got discharged from hospital in Germany before the previous round, after spending two weeks there with a pair of dislocated shoulders, but there is no specific timeline on his recovery. There appears to be no doubt in his mind that he will come back stronger.
Jorge Zaragoza: Jorge Zaragoza is dealing with two torn meniscus, a torn ACL and then a fractured tibia and femur. The severity of the injury was not determined until May and he then had to wait a month for the fractures to heal before he could undergo surgery. Zaragoza has done that now, but still faces a very long road to recovery. The days of Zaragoza being pegged as the next big thing seem like a distant memory.
David Herbeteau: David Herbreteau had to end his season prematurely following his home Grand Prix, as he dislocated his shoulder for the third time and had to undergo surgery. Herbreteau will focus on next year when he does eventually return to riding, but that is quite a way out. The Frenchman had a season-best finish of fourteenth in a moto at the Portuguese event in April.
Darian Sanayei: Darian Sanayei was always going to bow out of the season early, but did so earlier than planned. The torn ACL that he said sustained in April did not hold up well at all whilst riding, hence why he is now recovering from surgery in the United States and focussing on his final term in MX2. Sanayei confirmed his plans for next year earlier this week, by the way, as he signed an extension with Steve Dixon.
Jed Beaton: Jed Beaton was edging towards the front of the field before he had a horrific crash at Matterley Basin in May, which left him with a broken leg and ankle. It seems as though Beaton is not going to return at all this year, which is not much of a shock, so his attention will turn to next year and what will be an intriguing campaign. Beaton had a single podium finish before his season-ending injury.
Alvin Ostlund: Alvin Ostlund was one of the many riders who got caught out by the waves at the Grand Prix of Latvia. The crash that he had left him with a broken ankle that is obviously close to one hundred percent now, seeing as it has been three months since the incident. Ostlund actually jumped back on a bike for the first time yesterday. It is currently unknown whether he will attempt to race before the end of the season.
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 at the beginning of May. A torn ACL was sustained in moto two and forced him onto the sidelines for a significant period. It is unlikely that he will return at all this year and, consequently, his MX2 career has come to a close. Brylyakov must move up next year.
Arnaud Tonus: It has been a difficult year for Arnaud Tonus, who has dealt with a handful of knocks and injuries. Tonus is still recovering from the dislocated shoulder that was sustained in France in February, almost unbelievably, and will almost certainly miss the rest of the current term. The Wilvo Yamaha MXGP rider still has not start riding, but will return to that squad next year anyway. There is no uncertainty there.
Milko Potisek: Milko Potisek fractured his ankle in two places, after tangling with another rider in March, and initially set his sights on the Grand Prix of Belgium as the race that he would like to return at. Potisek has not even started riding yet though and has confirmed exclusively to MX Vice that he will now return at either Assen or Imola in September. It has been a disastrous year for him.
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Yamaha Racing