Don’t worry, the majority of the field made it out of RedBud alive although LaRocco’s leap was a bit diabolical this year so it’s to the sands of Southwick we go.
Austin Forkner tried it in practice. Pretty sure he would like to change that decision if he could go back. Watching both hands get blown off the handlebars on landing. To endo’ing off the down ramp does not look like a great way to start your race day! He wasn’t the only one. Bryson Gardner did similar, and although he didn’t fall off. Ken Roczen sure tested out the strength of all that surgical work he had done on his arms when he cased it during the motos. Surprisingly, the leap didn’t really result in any major injuries. But I’m sure it will be an easy jump next year. Maybe!
So prior to RedBud, Jeremy Martin was on everyone’s radar as he made an early return from injury. It seems at least on paper from his results that he was in fact ready to return. A 5-3 for 5th overall seems like he has it all worked out post-injury. The question I have that will probably go unanswered as the Moto community isn’t exactly open about injury details (I’m working on that for everyone by the way). When did he actually injure himself? And to what extent did the Thunder Valley crash re-aggravate it? Because if this injury was long enough ago. Had the bone already healed? Did the second crash only sprain the joint causing inflammation? Does that make the RedBud return as impressive? Well, it’s probably more than one question I have! But most people will never know anything on this aspect of the injury for Jeremy Martin, unfortunately.
In other quiet, yet public injury news. Adam Cianciarulo (AC) continues to have an arm issue that seems to be just leading him to fade with arm pump in most moto’s this year. Adam is continuing to deal with ulnar nerve entrapment/compression issues (Known as Cubital tunnel syndrome). He had surgery for this to release the nerve just before Supercross in December 2020. But he seems to be one of the very few who haven’t had a good outcome from the procedure and will require further alternate surgical intervention to address the ongoing issues.
The question for Adam is when will he get this more invasive relocation of the ulnar nerve out of the “Funny Bone” area done? Whilst he is managing to get podiums and top 5’s, I expect him to race on. But should his results be more impacted by the issue? Or he becomes out of championship contention then an early exit might be seen. Given the procedure for normal reported recovery time requires 3wks in a splint/cast and 2-3months for a full recovery. Some extra time for recovery might be necessary. With Supercross being the main series focus for AMA riders, AC will not want to risk his pre-season training and testing.
As we approach the halfway mark of the Motocross series, injuries have been on the lower end of the scale so far in 2021 MX. But will the run of 4 nationals in a row from RedBud to Washougal have an effect on injury numbers in the coming weeks? Time will tell and they will all be listed here in “The Emergency Department”.
Until next round moto fans.
As always, If your favourite rider is on this list, most likely they are seeing a doctor or been to the Emergency Department recently.
(David Hogan – @always.moto on Instagram)
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
THE INJURY LIST – GOING INTO ROUND 5 – SOUTHWICK:
Phil Nicoletti #715 – Motosport.com ClubMX Yamaha (AMA SX/MX)
Injured When? Re-Aggravated an old Injury in practice at RedBud 3/7/21
Injured What? Knee – no specific details at the time of writing this.
Return to Riding Timeframe – Unclear. Phil indicated he is getting an MRI this week and will make a call on racing Southwick once he knows the extent of the injury.
Next race prediction – Possibly Southwick.
Derek Kelley #73 – TPJ (AMA SX/MX)
Injured When? Rnd 4 – RedBud 3/7/21
Injured What? AC joint separation
Return to Riding Timeframe – Depends on grade of AC (Acromioclavicular ligament) sprain. Grade 1, <2wks, Grade 2, <4wks, Grade 3, <6wks.
Next race prediction – If Grade one. May be able to ride Southwick with assistance of strapping tape and other symptom management.
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 for Epstein Barr (EBV). But a new issue from a crash at RedBud also.
Injured What? Epstein Barr Virus from prior to the season. Bruised Kidney/Liver from RedBud
Return to Riding Timeframe – For EBV, this is such an open ended deal. If he took the textbook approach it would be 3months. If he tries to manage through he could ride all the remaining events. For the Bruised Kidney/liver, it should be ok within 1 week if only minor.
Next race prediction – RND 5 Southwick.
Alex Martin #26 – RockRiver Manluk Racing Yamaha (AMA SX/MX)
Injured When? Rnd 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 – 26 days is all he took off post-surgery. Already back on the bike just a day or so before Redbud.
Next race prediction – Rnd 6 Millville.
Jeremy Smith #309 – SGB Kawasaki (AMA SX/MX)
Injured When? Rnd 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 – Rnd 8 Unadilla. At worst he may sit out 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. The 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 – Potentially Rnd 8 Unadilla. At worst he may sit out the remainder of the MX season.
Seth Hammaker #150 – Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki (AMA SX/MX)
Injured When? Before Rnd 2 at Thunder Valley
Injured What? Reports of ongoing issues with his health. Seth has previously had issues with Epstein barr (EBV) and this is a precautionary measure to manage his workload.
Return to Riding Timeframe – Well this is unknown. He was meant to return for Redbud. That didn’t happen. But there is also no official word at this time on if he is coming to Southwick or not. The longer he is missing from the race day the more concern we have for his health ongoing and that the EBV has completely returned.
Next race prediction – No update on this time of this being written.
Cameron Mcadoo #31 – Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki (AMA SX/MX)
Injured When? Rnd 1 Pala – 29/5/21
Injured What? Knee ACL tear with an avulsion fracture. This is where the ligament tears a piece of bone with it. In this case of the tibial plateau.
Return to Riding Timeframe – Minimum 5months.
Next race prediction – Not until Supercross 2022 and likely the 250 coast that starts second.