Motocross

The Emergency Department – 2021 AMA Pro Motocross Round 4 Red Bud – Who’s and Out

Author: David Hogan

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Dean Wilson has confirmed he has been diagnosed with Epstein Barr Virus. Photo: Simon Cudby

It’s that time of year again! REDDDDDDBUDDDDDDD!!!!!!!!!!

One of the staples of the AMA motocross calendar, fan favourite and rider track favourite for most of the riders in America. The racing is always good here and the track is full of spectacular sections that any casual fan will recognise from past years.

With RedBud being round 4 this year, we are still early in the Motocross season. There has been a surprisingly low number of injuries since the Pro Motocross series commenced. Unfortunately, the injuries that have occurred have been to some of the bigger name riders and series ending. Or at least a longer duration out of the series. Zac Osborne and Cameron Mcadoo jump to mind here.

Two rider updates I’m interested to follow where they get to over the next few weeks are Dean Wilson and Seth Hammaker. Both riders are having illness issues. Deano came out after High Point confirming he has been diagnosed with Epstein Barr Virus (EBV) whilst Seth has been sitting out a few rounds to manage fatigue-related issues. Potentially dating back to his Epstein Barr Virus (EBV) issues from last year.

Deano is as far as I can tell planning to ride and train thru. Something not usually advised with an EBV diagnosis. This is generally considered to be just digging the hole deeper and extending the recovery period longer and longer. But watching his Instagram stories he is still on the Aldon Baker guided program during the week. He was rather exhausted looking in his moto gear this week after some moto’s in Florida. So hopefully from a recovery aspect, the Baker’s Factory team has got some very close monitoring of his blood work going on there. But he risks some races being missed or poorer than expected results over the remainder of the season with this EBV hanging around currently. With normal management approaches to EBV it’s still an 8-12wk recovery. So working through this period one would expect him to not fully recover until some time post Motocross season.

Seth Hammaker has been struggling with illness and it is still up in the air whether he will make the gate for round 4 at Red Budd this weekend.

For Seth, things have been quiet this week leading up to RedBud. Initially indicating he would return at High Point. This has been extended to RedBud. But will this be further extended? You might already know by the time you read this. The joys of media and social media!

So if he does sit out again. Where does that leave the rookie? One would suggest a major program overhaul be required. Top to bottom of his whole on and off bike program. That would ideally need to start ASAP. Otherwise he continues to risk impacting 2022 performances and beyond.

If he does return for Redbud. How well he performs and recovers will be the talking points. If moto 2 doesn’t go well from a fitness point of view. His season might be best placed on hold until 2022. If he goes well, he will still need to be closely monitored from week to week. As any moment of physical or mental exertion could push his body’s balance into the red zone and kick in the EBV harder if that is in fact what’s occurring for him..

EBV has had an impact on many moto riders seasons and these two guys will not be the last. But will they get the support to manage their workloads? Or will they continue to dig the hole deeper? That is why I’m keen to watch their updates over the coming weeks.

But for now, given I can’t travel to Hattah this weekend due to Covid-19 border restrictions. I’m just going to find a nice comfy chair to take in the sights and sounds from the TV coverage of RedBud. Whilst dreaming of the day that we have open borders and can freely board planes and trains and automobiles again!

Until next round moto fans.

(David Hogan – @always.moto on instagram)

As always, If your favourite rider is on this list, most likely they are seeing a Doctor or been to the Emergency Department recently.

THE INJURY LIST – GOING INTO ROUND 4 – RED BUDD:

This list has who we know has an injury. What that injury is, as well as when we expect them back at the races. Maybe some extras if you’re lucky!

If we have missed a rider or got an injury update wrong let us know. alwaysmoto2019@gmail.com

Henry Miller #70 – Privateer KTM (AMA SX/MX)
Injured When? 23/5/21 during preparation for Outdoors initially tore the ACL. Had attempted to manage conservatively and return to racing at High Point. However during practice/qualifying he has re-aggravated and has now undergone surgery. AlwaysMoto has confirmed Henry’s surgery went well on the 30/6/2021 and he is on the road to recovery. Henry Miller has had a Patellar tendon graft used for the repair of his ACL.

Injured What? ACL tear and tibial plateau fracture.

Return to Riding Timeframe – 5-6months post ACL repair

Next race prediction – Supercross 2022 pending ability to get pre-season completed prior to January opener.

Zac Osborne #16 – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing (AMA SX/MX)
Injured When? Prior to Daytona Supercross “March 2021”

Injured What? Disc injury (Reported to be herniation) to the lumbar region.

Return to Riding Timeframe – Team announcement has indicated he is sitting out the Motocross season. He could be back on the bike in around 8 weeks if the conservative management he is undertaking with Physical Therapist Dr Brandon Keilman (American physio’s get to use Dr, call me jealous.) I checked in with Dr Keilman and he has indicated the initial therapy is going well. Aim is to correct his postural loading positions to protect his disc’s. There is still risk if the conservative approach fails and surgery is required. This will continue to be reviewed as the treatment progresses.

Next race prediction – Supercross 2022.

Dean Wilson #15 – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing (AMA SX/MX)
Injured When? Reports are that he had issues from before Outdoors started

Injured What? Epstein Barr Virus

Return to Riding Timeframe – This is such an open ended deal.if he took the textbook approach it would be 3months. If he tries to manage thru he could ride all the remaining events.

Next race prediction – RND 4 RedBud 2021

Alex Martin #26 – RockRiver MAnluk Racing Yamaha (AMA SX/MX)
Injured When? Round 2 Thunder Valley – 5/6/21

Injured What? Fractured Arm, Mid shaft Radius and Ulna fractures. Alex has completed surgery to repair the injury.

Return to Riding Timeframe – 6-8wks pending bone healing and need for further surgery to remove plates etc.

Next race prediction – At Best RND10 at Ironman. At Worst he will be out for the remainder of the MX season. Although Alex in a podcast cast interview indicated he was trying to be back for Millville. Which would be a month sooner than I have listed for IronMan. Not sure that’s practical but I’ve been wrong before.

Jeremy Martin #6 – Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha (AMA SX/MX)
Injured When? Round 2 Thunder Valley – 5/6/21

Injured What? Fractured Scaphoid. Potentially this was injured a few months earlier and has not healed adequately.

Return to Riding Timeframe – 6-8wks pending bone healing and need for surgery to stabilise or bone grafting if delayed bone union. Reports are that Jeremy tried to ride before High Point and crashed and broke some fingers as well now so another six weeks before his return at least.

Next race prediction – At Best RND10 at Ironman. At Worst he will be out for the remainder of the MX season.

Jeremy Smith #309 – SGB Kawasaki (AMA SX/MX)
Injured When? Round 2 Thunder Valley – 5/6/21

Injured What? Fractured Collarbone

Return to Riding Timeframe – 6-8wks pending bone healing and if surgery is completed to stabilise. This could reduce this recovery to 4wks.

Next race prediction – At Best RND8 at Unadilla. At Worst he will be out for the remainder of the MX season.

Jason Anderson #21 – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing (AMA SX/MX)
Injured When? Mid Week prior to RND 2 of MX

Injured What? Fractured Hand and some teeth knocked out.

Return to Riding Timeframe – Fractured Hand should be approx 4-6wks. Teeth aspect for Dental work may be 6-8wks but I’m no dentist. He may be wearing a mouth guard on his return to racing.

Next race prediction – At Best RND8 at Unadilla. At Worst he will be out for the remainder of the MX season.

Seth Hammaker #150 – Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki (AMA SX/MX)
Injured When? Before Round 2 at Thunder Valley

Injured What? Reports of ongoing issues with his health. Seth has previously had issues with epstein barr and this is a precautionary measure to manage his workload.

Return to Riding Timeframe – At the time of writing this update Seth was trying to line up for High Point but that got pushed back to redbud but this still may yet fail to happen also.. This may be a short or long recovery depending if he has kicked back into the Epstein Barr range of fatigue illness.

Next race prediction – Aiming for Rnd 4 – Red Bud but at time of typing this there has been no update on his status from the team.

Cameron Mcadoo #31 – Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki (AMA SX/MX)
Injured When? Round 1 Pala – 29/5/21

Injured What? Knee ACL tear with avulsion fracture. This is where the ligament tears a piece of bone with it. In this case off the tibial plateau.

Return to Riding Timeframe – minimum 5months.

Next race prediction – not until supercross 2022 and likely the 250 coast that starts second.

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