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The Emergency Department – 2023 AMA Motocross Round 10 – Budds Creek

Author: David Hogan

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Jett Lawrence at round two of the 2023 AMA Pro Motocross Championship
Undefeated far, 2023 AMA Motocross Champion Jett Larence has four more races to make it a perfect season.

Jett Lawrence has done part one. The Championship is clinched with two full rounds left. But the Rookie has one more task on his mind this outdoor season. Can he go all the way undefeated? Budds Creek and IronMan left to go. I think he can do it!

The Aussie fans are being treated to a memorable season in AMA racing. Something that will go down in history as our best ever thanks to the efforts of the Lawrence family. Hunter and Jett have really had a firm grip on the podium at just about every race in 2023 so far. Their presentation, technique, speed, fitness, support crew, team and communication has been a shining example for the next generation of Australian racers.

On the Injury front. The new SMX format has had a massively positive effect on the return to the races of riders post-injury. The past few weeks have seen a number of high-level guys return to the races. Some, potentially earlier than they would like just to secure a start in the SMX rounds in September. This is a fantastic thing for the fans. No longer are the riders sitting out seasons despite being capable of returning to the track but don’t as they aren’t in the championship hunt.

Hunter Lawrence at round three of the 2023 Pro Motocross Championship
Can Hunter Lawrence make t a family and Aussie double? and take the 250 class title

But let’s play devil’s advocate for a sec. What if, we find out in the future that some of these guys are having long-term issues with the injuries that they have returned early from because of the push for SMX points? Is that a concern? Should I even mention this now? We don’t have any form of rider union or voice protecting the rider’s long-term health at this point in the progression of our sport.

Things like this might not be noticed for some years if talked about in terms of long-term function and arthritis and joint linings. That conversation you might have had with a doctor where you are told you need a knee replacement from long-term damage and bad movement patterns from an injury years before? This could be where we end up. But for now, It’s fantastic to see these guys returning to the track and not sitting out months on end until the next series begins. But something to consider as SMX and Moto as an industry grows is how these injuries affect our sports stars long term.

RJ Hampshire is making a sensible move this week. His heavy crash at Unadilla in Moto 2 left RJ with a concussion. RJ confirmed with us this week that he is feeling good. But just slowly following the concussion protocol to ensure he is ready to go at worst by the start of SMX. RJ is doing something not everyone does with a concussion. Taking the appropriate time. Something I wish more riders did.

Photo of RJ Hampshire at the 2023 2023 Pro Motocross Championship high Point National
RJ Hampshire will sit out Budds Creek following a concussion.

For now, let’s hope for minimal injuries and good races to close out the MX season. But I am very much looking forward to seeing if this Jett kid can put together four more moto’s.

Remember to stay updated on all the injury news via our social feeds @always.moto on Instagram. Check out more in-depth conversations on all the injuries in our sport on the AlwaysMoto podcast on your favourite podcast app or here below

See you next round Moto fans.

#injuriesareapartofmoto

This list has who we know has an injury. What that injury is and 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. info@alwaysmoto.com

The Emergency Department List

RJ Hampshire #24 – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna

Injured When? Moto 2 Unadilla

Injured What? Concussion

Return to Riding Timeframe – 1-2wks

Next race prediction – IronMan Rnd 11

Scott Meshey #411 – HiBi Racin

Injured When? Moto 1 Unadilla

Injured What? Left Middle finger laceration

Return to Riding Timeframe – 1wks

Next race prediction – Budds Creek Rnd 10

Tyler Stepek #177 – Privateer

Injured When? Mid Week before High Point

Injured What? Broken Femur and Dislocated Hip

Return to Riding Timeframe – approx 5 months pending surgical outcome

Next race prediction – SX 24

Guillem Farres #88 – Star Racing Yamaha

Injured When? Thunder Valley – Moto 1

Injured What? Left Humerus fracture

Return to Riding Timeframe – 8-12 weeks pending surgical outcomes.

Next race prediction – SX 2024

Jett Reynolds #124 – Pro Circuit Kawasaki

Injured When? After RedBud

Injured What? Illness

Return to Riding Timeframe – Unclear

Next race prediction – Unclear

Marshal Welton #50 – HEP Suzuki

Injured When? Thunder Valley – Moto 1

Injured What? ACL Tear

Return to Riding Timeframe – 6-9months

Next race prediction – SX 2024

Jake Runkles #227 – Privateer GasGas

Injured When? Thunder Valley – Moto 1

Injured What? Broken Arm

Return to Riding Timeframe – 6-8 weeks pending intervention.

Next race prediction – Unclear at time of typing this.

Jeremy Martin #6 – ClubMX Yamaha

Injured When? Hangtown – Moto 2

Injured What? Right Wrist and Elbow Fractures and dislocations.

Return to Riding Timeframe – Unclear.

Next race prediction – Unclear, SX 2024?

Michael Mosiman #31 – TLD GasGas

Injured When? Hangtown – Moto 2

Injured What? Shoulder surgery completed

Return to Riding Timeframe – unclear. 

Next race prediction – Out until 2024 SX

Eli Tomac #1 – Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha

Injured When? Denver

Injured What? Left Achilles tendon rupture

Return to Riding Timeframe – 6-9months

Next race prediction – SX 2024

John Short #73 – Privateer Kawasaki

Injured When? Nashville

Injured What? Aggravated a hand injury, and has completed surgery.

Return to Riding Timeframe – 3 months

Next race prediction – SX 2024

Nate Thrasher #29 – Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha

Injured When? Atlanta

Injured What? Right Dislocated Hip, Left Collarbone Fracture

Return to Riding Timeframe – 8-12 weeks pending the surgical repair to the bone fragments Thrasher reported are in his hip.

Next race prediction – SX 2024

Christian Craig #28 – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Racing

Injured When? Glendale

Injured What? Dislocated Elbow and Dislocated hip

Return to Riding Timeframe – Late Outdoors or SMX???

Next race prediction – Maybe SMX???

Cameron Mcadoo #48 – Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki

Injured When? Mid Week before Glendale

Injured What? Right Shoulder – dislocated and torn labrum resulting in surgery being completed

Return to Riding Timeframe – Approx 12wks

Next race prediction – Late Outdoors 2023 ???

Jesse Flock #167

Injured When? Daytona

Injured What? 4 broken ribs, punctured lung, fractured T2 vertebrae. Bone bruising on the left arm.

Return to Riding Timeframe – Unclear

Next race prediction – Unclear at this time.

Nick Romano #54 – Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha

Injured When? Pre-Season – January 3rd.

Injured What? Right ACL tear and Meniscus injury. Surgery completed14/2/23 

Return to Riding Timeframe – Approx. 6 months.

Next race prediction – 2024 SX.

Malcolm Stewart #27 – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna

Injured When? Training incident.

Injured What? ACL tear in his Knee

Return to Riding Timeframe – Approx. 6 Months

Next race prediction – Likely out until 2024 SX pending recovery time for ACL graft type used.

Brandon Hartranft #37 – HEP Twisted Tea Suzuki

Injured When? Pre-Season

Injured What? Multiple injuries. L1-2 Endplate fractures, L3-4 Transverse process fractures, L1-3 Spinous processes, Left Hip dislocation, Multiple rib fractures, right scapular fracture, Right hemothorax (Lung injury).

Return to Riding Timeframe – 6-12 months

Next race prediction – Unclear at this early stage of recovery for these injuries.

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