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The Emergency Department – 2021 AMA Pro MX Round 3 – Who’s in and Who’s Out

Author: David Hogan

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Jason Anderson is still sidelined and will be for 4 to 6 weeks after fracturing his hand and losing some teeth in a practice crash prior to round two.

After having multiple races in a week for Supercross a week off after only two rounds of ProMotocross has seemed like a year.

One thing Covid has given us from a positive aspect has been a very condensed schedule. This outdoor schedule is condensed and has a track repeat in it. But it does resemble a more traditional schedule at the known AMA tracks.

So who needed the break most? From just results wise I’d say Eli Tomac, Marvin Musquin, Austin Forkner and Colt Nichols. From an injury aspect. Zach Osbourne, Seth Hammaker and Phil Nicoletti.

The reigning 450 Champ Zac Osborne has had a difficult 2021. That was before the outdoors even started. His back injury in Supercross continues to linger it seems. His inability to complete the second moto at Thunder Valley confirms the issues he is facing. Not only did he not score any points. Zac now has more decisions to make regarding his ongoing management and rehab needs. His disc bulge in his lumbar spine continuing this long since February 2021 does not fill me with confidence that his conservative management approach has worked to date. Will he push on to complete the season and risk a delayed pre-season for Supercross? Will he be on the gate at High Point in physical shape to represent the number one plate? Things we will probably find out after this article is sent for posting.

Title favourite for the 250’s. Jeremy Martin, is now looking like he is done for the season. At least in the sense of holding the number one plate at seasons end

The title favourite for the 250’s. Jeremy Martin, is now looking like he is done for the season. At least in the sense of holding the number one plate at seasons end. Jeremy has been hiding a wrist injury since before ProMotocross started. He was spotted back in early May wearing a Mobius wrist brace on his left wrist during his practice sessions. Which to me was odd. The only reasons you begin wearing a brace part way through the season. On one side and not both sides is due to injury. But in typical J-Mart fashion he was very media quiet on this until he had to be. This ended up being right after he crashed in Moto 2 at Thunder Valley. He straight away confirmed his scaphoid fracture remains unhealed and will require time off to allow him to ride at the level he is capable of. But was J-Mart’s seasons the best shortest season ever? A Heat race win at Orlando 2, a moto win at Pala and Thunder Valley. But nothing else to show for 2021 at this stage. (Some late info on Jeremy listed below so keep reading).

Seth Hammaker seems to be having a possible flare up of his health fatigue issues. Last year he was diagnosed with Epstein Barr and there are concerns he is having issues again. Hence the absence from Thunder Valley as a management point. Will he be at High Point? The 3 week break for him may have been what he needed to get that under control. It May not have done anything depending on where his blood levels are at. This is another thing you will have to find out when the coverage starts on Race Day after this is published.

Filthy Phil Nicoletti. Not the return to AMA racing Phil would have been dreaming of this year. A crash on the start of Moto one at Thunder Valley left him with a bit of a head knock and whiplash. Along with an aggravation of a rotator cuff injury he indicated he has been carrying for a year or so now. The week off should have helped him settle these injuries a lot. But will his shoulder be ready for High Point?

Plenty of storylines to follow coming into the start of Rnd 3 at High point on the injury front and with the shift to the east coast tracks. Deep ruts and hot days will lead to more issues for riders that will be all captured in the upcoming Emergency Department articles.

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.

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 LIST OF INJURIES – AFTER ROUND 2 GOING INTO ROUND 3:

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. Alex Martin talking on a podcast has indicated the little bro has not had surgery and has just been put in a cast.

Next race prediction – At Best RND10 at Ironman. At Worst he will be out for the remainder of the MX season. But Alex Martin also indicated Jeremy would be back for Highpoint this weekend. He might be? I doubt it goes well or much past practice if he does line up. Again as above. I have been wrong before.

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 time of writing this update Seth is trying to line up for High Point but this may not be achieved. This may be short or long recovery depending if he has kicked back into the Epstein Barr range of fatigue illness.

Next race prediction – Aiming for Rnd 3 – High Point

Phil Nicoletti #715 – ClubMX Yamaha (AMA SX/MX)
Injured When? Round 2 Thunder Valley – 5/6/21

Injured What? Minor Head / Neck injury and Rotator Cuff (Shoulder) injury

Return to Riding Timeframe – At time of writing this update Phil is trying to line up for High Point but this may not be achieved. 1-2wks recovery expected.

Next race prediction – Aiming for Rnd 3 – High Point

Jerry Robin #77 – Privateer (AMA SX/MX)
Injured When? Round 1 Pala – 29/5/21, Round 2 Thunder Valley – 5/6/21

Injured What? Minor burns to back Rnd 1, Concussion at Rnd 2 that caused the red flag in the first 250 moto.

Return to Riding Timeframe – 1-2wks pending clearance of concussion protocol

Next race prediction – Rnd 4 – Southwick

Dylan Kappeler #169 – Privateer KTM (AMA SX/MX)
Injured When? Round 2 Thunder Valley – 5/6/21

Injured What? Separate Shoulder prior to Thunder Valley then re-aggravated in a crash during qualifying

Return to Riding Timeframe – If minor grade 1 or 2. Somewhere in the range of 2-4wks. Unsure of his ongoing national plans so this might be the only race he does for 2021.

Next race prediction – Should be able to return to racing by Rnd 4 Southwick if this is on his racing schedule for 2021.

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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