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The Emergency Department – 2021 AMA Pro Motocross Round 9 Budds Creek – Who’s In And Out

Author: David Hogan

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A second moto crash for Pierce Brown has led to a concussion and broken collarbone. Most likely signaling the end of this motocross season. Brown’s injury now leaves the whole Troy Lee GasGas team sidelined. Photo: Align Media

I think I figured it out! Deep track prep cause more crashes that in turn cause more injuries. Case in point. Unadilla.

The first track of the year that has seen the long deep ruts. Something that has been noted by many riders this year to be missing due to changes in track preparation. Mainly from not ripping the track as deep in the day(s) before the event. But Unadilla was its usual rutty self. With those ruts came quite the list of injuries.

Along with a few impressive rides from two of the more technically sound riders going around. Ken Roczen and Jett Lawrence showed what a smooth, feet up technique can do for you on a difficult track. It looked effortless from those guys.

Despite thinking I now know the answers to injury patterns. I am simply at a loss to explain what happened to Aaron Plessinger. I mean sure he looped out and will now forever be called “Larry”. But how does a professional motocross racer loop out? Any weekend warrior can loop out. But a guy that spends more time on a motorcycle in a week than a lot of people will do in a lifetime. Doesn’t make too much sense. Luckily for Plessinger, he didn’t land directly on his butt. He probably avoids major injury by landing the way he did on his back. The only issue for him that was unavoidable was the Yamaha landing on his chest and abdomen. He came away with minimal internal injuries and will be racing this weekend. Don’t be surprised but if he runs out of steam towards the end of the moto as his bruised lung would reduce his oxygen transfer capacity slightly. Making endurance a bit more difficult this week for the #7.

Aaron Plessinger came away with minimal internal injuries after a spectacular Loop Out at Unadilla and will be racing this weekend despite not being at full fitness. Photo: Yamaha Racing.

Heading to Budds this week. One team won’t be there at all. The Troy Lee GasGas guys are the definition of “The Emergency Department” this week. All three riders are out with injuries. Pierce Brown was holding strong as the only rider at Unadilla. But a crash in each moto was his downfall. The second moto crash has led to a concussion and broken collarbone. Most likely signaling the end of this motocross season. As for Justin Barcia and Michael Mosiman. It’s likely another week or two for both guys. So the TroyLee truck might just head to California and park for two weeks.

In what has been a rough year for the Martin Boys. Seems Alex Martin will be out for the rest of motocross also after reaggravating his wrist injury from Supercross. It’s just been one of those years for A-Mart.

With Budds, IronMan, Hangtown, and Pala left to go. I’d expect there to be a few more guys joining the injury list over the remaining rounds. But at least from an Aussie viewpoint, we have Jett in the title hunt and that will keep me tuning in as an Aussie moto fan.

In news from the Supercross injury list. Jace Owen has been going through a very rough period post-injury. Not only did he ride thru an ACL injury to only break his ankle in Atlanta. He has had to have revision surgery on his ankle in the past weeks. He had part of his talus (Bone in his heal) removed as it was not repairing. This is on top of the fact that his ligaments had also not been repaired from the initial injury as thought and these had to be reattached in the most recent surgery also. He is now on the recovery trail again but his return timeframe is not known. Probably in the range of a further 3-4months.

The injury train never stops rolling for Moto guys. Despite the fact that the season is long over for Supercross. Many riders are still fighting for recovery and battling to return to the track. Hopefully, Jace is able to get back for Supercross 2022.

Until next round moto fans.

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 9 – BUDDS CREEK:

Aaron Plessinger #7 – Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha (AMA SX/MX)
Injured When? Rnd 8 Unadilla

Injured What? Bruised Lung and Liver

Return to Riding Timeframe – <1wk

Next race prediction – Budds Creek MX

Pierce Brown #45 – RedBull GasGas Troy Lee Designs (AMA SX/MX)
Injured When? Rnd 8 Unadilla

Injured What? Concussion and Broken Collarbone

Return to Riding Timeframe – Minimum 4wks for collarbone.

Next race prediction – Supercross 2022

Ramy Alves #220 – JMC MS Racing (AMA SX/MX)
Injured When? Rnd 8 Unadilla

Injured What? Shoulder Dislocation

Return to Riding Timeframe – If completing surgery will be 12wks minimum off the bike.

Next race prediction – Supercross 2022

Derek Kelley #73 – Privateer Gas Gas (AMA SX/MX)
Injured When? Rnd 8 Unadilla

Injured What? Concussion

Return to Riding Timeframe – 1-2wks pending passing the AMA concussion protocol.

Next race prediction – IronMan MX

Jo Shimoda #30 – Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki (AMA SX/MX)
Injured When? Rnd 8 Unadilla

Injured What? Left Hand. Jo has confirmed with AlwaysMoto this week that his x-ray is all clear. He will be fine for Budds Creek.

Return to Riding Timeframe – <1wk

Next race prediction – Budds Creek MX

Dominic Thurry #464 – ClubMX Yamaha (AMA SX/MX)
Injured When? Rnd 8 Unadilla

Injured What? Torn Bicep sustained during practice without falling.

Return to Riding Timeframe – Minimum 3 months post-surgical repair

Next race prediction – Supercross 2022

Justin Barcia #51 – RedBull GasGas Troy Lee Designs (AMA SX/MX)
Injured When? Before Rnd 8 mid-week.

Injured What? Head Knock, and other bruising to chest and elbow.

Return to Riding Timeframe – 1-2 weeks pending passing the AMA concussion protocol.

Next race prediction – IronMan, but potentially not until Hangtown/Pala.

Michael Mosiman #42 – RedBull GasGas Troy Lee Designs (AMA SX/MX)
Injured When? Before Rnd 8 mid-week.

Injured What? The terribly quiet and hidden response to his injury is “Banged up”.

Return to Riding Timeframe – To be confirmed once more is known about the injury.

Next race prediction – IronMan, but potentially not until Hangtown/Pala.

Colt Nichol #64 – Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha (AMA SX/MX)
Injured When? Rnd 7 Washougal 24/7/21

Injured What? Shoulder – Initial reports from Colt indicate only bruising to the shoulder.

Return to Riding Timeframe – 2-4wks pending depth of bruising and other tissue involvement that might appear once swelling and bruising resolves.

Next race prediction – Colt is out for Budds. If not back for IronMan he might just sit out the remainder of the series to ensure 100% recovery for his 2022 Supercross title defence.

Adam Cianciarulo #9 – Monster Energy Kawasaki (AMA SX/MX)
Injured When? December 2020. Re-aggravated in a crash at Millville

Injured What? Ulnar Nerve compression (Cubital Tunnel Syndrome)

Return to Riding Timeframe – Adam has had surgery just after Millville. Would expect him to be off the bike for 8-12wks. Putting him back on the bike around October 2021.

Next race prediction – Supercross 2022

Alex Ray #83 – SGB Maxxis Kawasaki (AMA SX/MX)
Injured When? An old lingering injury

Injured What? Both Wrists.

Return to Riding Timeframe – Minimum 6 weeks from surgery date which was completed just after Millville.

Next race prediction – Supercross 2022

Freddie Noren #43 – Privateer KTM (AMA SX/MX)
Injured When? Before Rnd 7 at Washougal

Injured What? Knee – Fractured Metacarpal

Return to Riding Timeframe – Freddie had surgery on Monday after Washougal. Most likely off the bike for 4wks.

Next race prediction – IronMan at the earliest.

Nate Thrasher #91 – Monster Energy Star Yamaha (AMA SX/MX)
Injured When? Rnd 6 Millville 17/7/21

Injured What? Knee – Dislocated Shoulder

Return to Riding Timeframe – approx 3months. Nate has confirmed he had shoulder surgery to repair his labrum.

Next race prediction – Potentially out until East Coast SX 2022

Max Miller #604 – Privateer KTM (AMA SX/MX)
Injured When? Rnd 4 RedBud 3/7/21

Injured What? Knee – ACL tear, Medial Meniscus tear and bone bruising.

Return to Riding Timeframe – Approx 6months post repair. Max has had surgery on 16/7/21 and is on the road to recovery.

Next race prediction – Potentially East Coast SX if he is aiming to do Supercross in 2022.

Phil Nicoletti #715 – Motosport.com ClubMX Yamaha (AMA SX/MX)
Injured When? Re-Aggravated an old Injury in practice at RedBud on 3/7/21

Injured What? Knee – ACL tear, Medial and Lateral Meniscus tear

Return to Riding Timeframe – Approx 6months post repair. Phil had surgery two weeks ago and is now in the early stages of recovery and rehab.

Next race prediction – Phil didn’t ride SX this year. So if he is on the same schedule we won’t 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 – Therapy with Dr Keilman is continuing. Still expect him to be off the bike for a further 2-4wks. No rush to return for Zac other than October for Pre-Season SX testing.

Next race prediction – Supercross 2022. Although in the media there is talk he is considering retirement. Have to wait and see on that one.

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 – Missed about 6-7wks with recovery

Next race prediction – Should have been on track this weekend at Unadilla. But hearing talk of an ankle injury that required surgery recently and will keep him out until Supercross 2022. Jason may not be seen on a Husky again. The next time he is riding will most likely be on another brand.

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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