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The Emergency Department – 2022 AMA Supercross Round 7 – Who’s In And Out

Author: David Hogan

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Josh Hill was the only major injury from the 450 class last weekend.

Good thing we are going East! Anaheim 3 was brutal last weekend for almost the entire field of 250 and 450 riders.

Only really Christian Craig, Jason Anderson and Eli Tomac seemed to survive the track. But Jason and Eli both had their moments in those now, infamous whoops from A3.

From the 250 class perspective. There was an enormous number of guys that failed to finish considering it is a Supercross race. Jalek Swoll had to retire another helmet but seems ok and is back outdoor testing already this week. Nate Thrasher got caught up in the Jalek crash and also wasn’t able to finish. Hunter Lawrence DNF. Also crashed hard in the whoops. But has been seen to be looking healthy on Instagram stories the day after during a Superbowl party. Then Jerry Robin also did some minor damage to his shoulder.

Check the list for more on him below. This was after we lost Jo Shimoda to a lower leg/foot injury in the heat races. So there is a potential 5-6 guys that if the West Coast had another round this weekend. They might not have been able to be at the gate. Good thing the East Coast 250 guys can tag in for their turn now.

But a number of East guys are also already out of action with pre-season issues. Bryton Carrol, Jess Pettis, Ryder Floyd and Jonah Geistler are all out for the season before it begins.

But we also have a lot of East Coast guys on the return from long injury layoffs at the end of last season.
Jeremy Martin is back after repair work to his wrist (Scaphoid fracture), Phil Nicoletti is back from ACL repair, Jordon Smith is back from shoulder repair following his dislocation in supercross last year. Not to mention Levi Kitchen, Coty Schock and even Jet Lawrence all had minor injury issues in December/January that made them need to switch to East Coast. But we will see how they all fair on Saturday. Finger crossed all the hype around the Aussie boy Jett is proven 100% accurate for this Supercross season.

Photo of Honda HRC Supercross rider Jett Lawrence before the 2022 AMA Monster Energy Supercross Season
Jett Lawrence will make his 2022 debut as the 250SX East Coast Championship gets underway this weekend at Minneapolis.

On the 450 front. Josh Hill had a decent crash and injury that has unconfirmed reports of a pelvis fracture and hip dislocation. But outside of Josh Hill’s injury from A3, nothing major was noted heading into Minneapolis for Round 7 for the 450 class.

With the shift in coast comes a shift in the dirt. It’s now softer and deeper. Will this translate into even more injury news? Or will it simply put more distance in the title hunt that at this stage seems to be coming down to Eli Tomac and Jason Anderson?

As always, If your favourite rider is on this list, most likely they have 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 or @always.moto on Instagram

See you next week Moto fans.

THE INJURY LIST – GOING INTO ROUND 7 – MINNEAPOLIS

Jo Shimoda #30 – Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki
Injured When? Round 6 at Anaheim 3

Injured What? Unclear. Right foot/ankle. Despite the team PR earlier in the week. Jo has been seen in a moon boot for his right foot/ankle. No confirmation on what is exactly injured but suspect a foot or ankle fracture.

Return to Riding Timeframe – 4-6wks pending injury detail confirmation

Next race prediction – Should be back for the next West Coast 250 round

Michael Mosiman #29 – Troy Lee GasGas
Injured When? ? unclear possibly at Glendale.

Injured What? Broken Hand

Return to Riding Timeframe – 4-6wks

Next race prediction – Will now rest during the West Coast break.

Alex Martin #26 – Muc-off ClubMX Yamaha
Injured When? Round 6 at Anaheim 3

Injured What? Cut to Right index finger. Required removal of the nail bed and stitches to hold the skin back together.

Return to Riding Timeframe – 1-2wks normally.

Next race prediction – Is going to attempt to qualify for the 450’s at Minneapolis with the injury.

Richard Taylor #141 – Privateer Yamaha
Injured When? Round 6 at Anaheim 3

Injured What? Fracture to Radius (Forearm bone). Sustained a Gallezzi Fracture which for adults requires surgical plating to allow suitable healing. Looks to have had surgery this week and we will be speaking with Richard next week for The AlwaysMoto podcast

Return to Riding Timeframe – 6wks.

Next race prediction – Likely out for Supercross. Small chance he is able to return for the final west coast rounds.

Jerry Robin #97 – Privateer
Injured When? Round 6 at Anaheim 3

Injured What? Shoulder – Sprained AC joint. (Where collarbone meets the shoulder blade)

Return to Riding Timeframe – 1-2wks normally.

Next race prediction – Is going to attempt to qualify for the 450’s at Minneapolis with the injury.

Josh Hill #751 – Team Tedder KTM
Injured When? Round 6 at Anaheim 3

Injured What? Reports indicate fractured pelvis and dislocated hip. But this is unconfirmed at this stage.

Return to Riding Timeframe – 8-12wks pending on the details of the pelvis fracture and if the hip dislocation damaged anything as it dislocated.

Next race prediction – Expect that he will be out for the remaining Supercross rounds in 2022.

Jonah Geistler #625 – Privateer KTM
Injured When? Approx Feb 10th whilst training.

Injured What? Shoulder – Tibia and Fibula fracture that has required surgery to stabilise the tibia.

Return to Riding Timeframe – 8-12wks

Next race prediction – Out for Supercross rounds in 2022.

Max Anstie #34 – Rocky Mountain ATV/MC WPS KTM
Injured When? Before Round 5 at Glendale

Injured What? Shoulder injury. Max confirmed with Always.Moto that he doesn’t want to know the extent of the injury and has not had an MRI. Just trying to manage the injury for a few weeks. Not riding during the week. Hoping to recover and keep racing without missing any rounds. Has reported a possible labrum or rotator cuff tear.

Return to Riding Timeframe – racing through injury

Next race prediction – Will be in for Minneapolis. Hoping things improve over the next week or so and he can get some mid-week riding happening again.

Cole Thompson #161 – Privateer Yamaha
Injured When? Round 5 at Glendale

Injured What? Shoulder – Labrum tear after being landed on. Cole confirmed with Always.Moto that he will be trying to avoid surgery and conservatively manage the injury. He isn’t planning to race until Canadian Supercross later in 2022 anyways so only missing one round of AMA.

Return to Riding Timeframe – 4-6wks

Next race prediction – Out for remaining Supercross rounds in 2022.

Carson Mumford #43 – BarX Suzuki
Injured When? Round 5 Glendale

Injured What? Torn Labrum in his shoulder

Return to Riding Timeframe – 2wk

Next race prediction – Tried to ride A3 but wasn’t able to. Will be good to go by the time the West Coast break is over.

Alex Ray #87 – SGB Honda
Injured When? Before Round 5

Injured What? Alex has ongoing issues with some repair work done to his wrists pre-season.

Return to Riding Timeframe – 2-4wks

Next race prediction – Plan is he is back for Minneapolis. But may not quite be fully bike fit for this one just yet.

Dilan Schwartz #40 – BarX Suzuki
Injured When? Round 4 at Anaheim 2

Injured What? Humerus Fracture

Return to Riding Timeframe – 6wks.

Next race prediction – Is going to attempt to be back for the final few West Coast rounds of 2022

Ryder Floyd #296 – Privateer Yamaha
Injured When? Practice in preparation for East Coast 250’s

Injured What? Multiple metatarsal fractures

Return to Riding Timeframe – minimum 6wks following completion of surgery that has been completed to plate the metatarsal fractures.

Next race prediction – Outdoors Rnd 1? There is a chance he starts the East Coast Supercross Series around the halfway mark.

Adam Cianciarulo #9 – Monster Energy Kawasaki
Injured When? Practice at San Diego Rnd 3

Injured What? Knee. No specific details were provided at this stage. Rumoured to have completed surgery on his knee this week.

Return to Riding Timeframe – Unclear.

Next race prediction – Outdoors Rnd 1?

Seth Hamaker #47 – Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki
Injured When? Practising mid-week prior to San Diego Rnd 3

Injured What? Laceration to spleen and compression fractures to T7 and T8 vertebrae. This is a significant injury and will require a decent amount of time off the bike.

Return to Riding Timeframe – 8-12wks

Next race prediction – Outdoors Rnd 1?

Jess Pettis #150 – Red Bull KTM
Injured When? Midweek practising before Round 3

Injured What? Finally confirmation of a Fractured Collarbone, Scapula and a punctured lung in his training crash approx 3-4wks ago.

Return to Riding Timeframe – has indicated he is out for the East Coast Supercross.

Next race prediction – Outdoors

Chase Felong #154 – AEO Husqvarna
Injured When? Oakland Rnd 2

Injured What? AlwaysMoto checked in with Chase this week. Chase has been dealing with heel/ankle issues since September of 2020. He re-aggravated that issues in Oakland and has been unable to weight bear on the area since. Chase confirmed he is reviewing with the specialist and will know more soon. Further details on this injury are to come in future editions.

Return to Riding Timeframe – Unclear, but potentially 4-6wks pending outcome of scans completed recently. Chase confirmed with AlwaysMoto he has had an MRI but awaiting CT and review with the specialist.

Next race prediction – Unclear

Mitchell Falk #612 – AJE motorsports Gas Gas
Injured When? Pre Season

Injured What? Low back injury. Mitchell has ongoing issues with a bulging disc that presses on his sciatica nerve. It seems it has been causing him inconsistent issues that will keep him out of the supercross season. Mitchell will be working on his rehab in an attempt to avoid surgery.

Return to Riding Timeframe – 12wks of rehab is expected

Next race prediction – Round 1 of Outdoors.

Joey Savatgy #17 – Rocky Mountain ATV MC/ WPS KTM
Injured When? Tuesday before Rnd 2 at Oakland

Injured What? ACL Tear.

Return to Riding Timeframe – 3-6months post-op.

Next race prediction – Surgery was completed the week after San Diego Round 3. At best he makes Rnd 1 of Outdoors. More likely he will be joint the series near rounds 4-6.

Colt Nichols #45 – Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha
Injured When? Anaheim 1

Injured What? Multiple injuries. Both arms, burn and hip contusion. Specific details have not yet been released by the team manager when we spoke.

Return to Riding Timeframe – 8-12wks

Next race prediction – Unclear at this stage but likely not until Round 1 of Outdoors.

Justin Cooper #32 – Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha
Injured When? 4/1/22

Injured What? LisFranc fracture to Foot

Return to Riding Timeframe – approx 6months currently reported by his surgeon. Has completed surgery this week.

Next race prediction – At best MX round 1. More Likely after MX round 6.

Benny Bloss #73 – Team Tedder KTM
Injured When? 22/12/21

Injured What? Lower Leg fracture (Unconfirmed Tib/Fib) and Collar Bone fracture

Return to Riding Timeframe – If Tib/Fib, approx 4months.

Next race prediction – Potentially missing all of SX

Austin Black – AEO Powersport KTM
Injured When? December 2021

Injured What? Austin spoke with AlwaysMoto and confirmed he broke his femur and lacerated a kidney. Surgery was completed to insert a rod in his femur.

Return to Riding Timeframe – Back on the bike last week making him approx 10wks return to riding.

Next race prediction – Austin indicated to AlwaysMoto he is expecting to return for Round 1 of Outdoors.

Joey Crown #355 – Privateer KTM
Injured When? Early November

Injured What? Unspecified multiple fractures. Joey has more surgery still planned that in conversation with Joey this week has gone well. We are hoping to speak with him further in a few weeks to find out his plans and what’s gone on for him.

Return to Riding Timeframe – unclear

Next race prediction – At best Outdoors in May 2022.

Bobby Piazza – Privateer
Injured When? 5/11/21

Injured What? Compound fracture to Left Wrist – suffered on Day one of Supercross training. Will most likely miss the entire Supercross season. Finally got his cast off this week. 4months after injury. Still, a very long road to go for rehab for Bobby.

Return to Riding Timeframe – approx 4months

Next race prediction – Sometime in the Outdoor nationals at best for 2022.

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