Motocross

The Emergency Department – 2021 AMA Pro Motocross Round 6 Spring Creek – Who’s In And Out

Author: David Hogan

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Phil Nicoletti will remain on the sidelines after re-aggravated an old Injury in practice at RedBud and will most likely miss the rest of the season.

This week marks the halfway point of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross for 2021 and it’s been a steady season so far in both classes.

Similar groups of riders at the front in both classes. The 250 class has had a few more different overall winners than the 450’s. But, the 450’s has seen the dominance of Dylan Ferrandis shine through in his rookie 450 season.

The injury front has been extremely tame in 2021. We have had 3 ACL/Knee injuries sidelining guys for the season already. But outside of a few other minor fractures and sprains or bruises. It’s really been a safe start to Outdoors. This is odd for the following reasons.

1, Usually, fatigue from the long season begins to set in by now and more riders fall foul to minor injuries from issues they have carried well through the season.

2, Fatigue usually leads to more crashes which in turn causes injury. Outside of RJ Hampshire, not too many crashes on the TV coverage in Motocross “21”. RJ’s crashes have all been the classic “Tip Over” not the injury provoking over the bars excursion. So more race ruining than season-ending crashes luckily for him.

3, Outdoors have higher speeds and longer moto’s, usually we see more mechanic issues that can lead to crashes and then result in injuries. But outside of a bit of smoke for Ferrandis’s bike at Southwick, Plessinger’s bike shutting off in the second corner at Southwick Moto 2, and RJ breaking a chain at High Point. There have been very limited mechanical issues.

And 4. The track prep. For whatever reason. This season, the tracks have been not ripped as deep. Making for smoother race tracks with fewer ruts. Fewer ruts mean more space to move about the track and allow for a mistake to be saved. Not punished by the very next deep rut you drop into. With that all being said there were not any clear reports of injury from Southwick in 2021. Awesome. But bizarre.

Things we are keeping an eye on heading into Millville. As spoken about in last weeks article. Adam Cianciarulo continues to report issues with his Ulnar Nerve. We have reason to believe he may be cutting his season short to get the repair completed early. Thus to allow recovery and full preparation for Supercross 2022. At best I’m guessing he races until Budds Creek. But that could change if he takes a crash or his numbness in his right hand progresses to the point of it being dangerous to continue to race.

Alex Martin Should be back for his home race. Literally, his parents own the track and live on the property if you didn’t know. That will be just around 6wks since his radius and ulnar were plated following his Thunder Valley Crash. Extremely quick turnaround for Troll Train.

Along with where is Seth Hammaker? The Pro Circuit Monster Energy Kawasaki rider has been missing in action since the opening round at Pala Raceway. Concern continues for the rookie regarding the possibility of a return of Epstein Barr Virus (EBV). But not he nor the team has really commented on his situation. For all, we know he will be at the gate at Millville. But he might also not race the rest of the season. Nobody knows and thats where the concern and wild speculation begin.

So does Ferrandis continue to extend his 450 points lead? Will Hunter Lawrence make it 2 overalls in a row and close down his brother’s points lead further? Like you, I’m dying to know and will be tuned in over the weekend to find out.

As always, If your favorite 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. alwaysmoto2019@gmail.com

THE INJURY LIST – GOING INTO ROUND 6 – Spring Creek:

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 – ACL tear, Medial and Lateral Meniscus tear

Return to Riding Timeframe – Approx 6months post repair. Phil has confirmed he is spending two weeks to rehab his knee prior to getting surgery to allow for the best possible recovery post-op.

Next race prediction – Phil didn’t ride SX this year. So if he is on the same schedule we wont see him again until Motocross starts up again in May 2022.

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 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. The 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.

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

Injured What? Fractured Arm, Midshaft 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. Aiming to return at Millville for his home race.

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. AlwaysMoto has confirmed with Jeremey this week he expects to be on the bike in a couple of days and “Dilla” is his aim.

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 maybe 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. Didn’t see him at Southwick. The team and Seth have still been quiet on if he is returning anytime soon. The longer he is missing from the races the more concern we have for his health ongoing and that the EBV has completely returned.

Next race prediction – No update on this at the 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 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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