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The Emergency Department – 2023 AMA Supercross Championship Round 13 – Atlanta

Author: David Hogan

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Photo of Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing supercross motocross rider Christian Craig
Christian Craig is out for the remaining Supercross rounds due to injuries sustained at Glendale

It’s hard to always start an article on a positive note. Particularly when you were slightly let down by the previous round. Glendale is an event I usually look forward to for a few reasons.

The massive floor space. The drier desert dirt is familiar to all the racers so they all tend to be comfortable and racey. It has a roof so no talk about the weather. Along with long rhythm lanes that produce great racing and passing. I didn’t really see that this year. Not a lot of passing. The split lane rhythm didn’t really work. They also didn’t have much of a long lap time than usual despite the floor space. It was like they almost wasted the floor space with the track design. I guess in short not every round can be a barn burner.

On a positive note, Jett Lawernce broke the run of not winning Triple Crown events. So that’s no longer an issue. Eli Tomac did what Eli Tomac does in Triple Crowns. He Won. He now is the sole points leader and has 7 points on Cooper Webb. Is that the break he needs to take this championship out of Cooper’s grasp?

On the negative side and straight into my domain. We lost a few good men at this round. The whoops were claiming them. So did the rhythm lanes. Christian Craig despite his amazing whoop skills last year on the Yamaha has been not the same guy on the Husqvarna in the whoops and it claimed him this week. Very painful injuries for Christian with dislocations to his elbow and hip being two of the more painful injuries you can have and he had them both happen at once. Ouch!

Stilez Robertson was caught in a racing incident and will miss the remaining supercross rounds and potentially the early rounds of motocross.

Photo of Stilez Robertson at  round 13 of the 2023 AMA Supercross Championship
Stilez Robertson suffered a leg fracture after being hit by multiple riders following his crash in a rhythm lane in Glendale

We had a few Aussies over for this round. Unfortunately, things did not go well for Hayden Mellross. A crash in the rhythm lane has left him with a Right ankle injury. Unfortunately ending his 6 round stint in the 1st round. Matt Moss was there again on the BarX Suzuki. But again was unable to put together a good night show and looked to have a bit of a head bump that left his visor blinding him after his crash.

The whoops also claimed Jason Anderson this week. Jason has not been the same guy he was last year results-wise. Despite riding well he was slow to get up from his crash in Glendale but we believe he will be all fine for Atlanta.

Kaeden Amerine had a little run-in with another rider in the first corner that saw him face plant and cause some facial cuts that will be unpleasant for a week or so but should not keep him out of any races thankfully.

With the next round at Atlanta motor speedway. We go to a big track, outdoors and bring back the East Coast riders. Jo Shimoda will finally make his return to racing after his pre-season collarbone injury. I think this is the first indication of the SuperMotocross qualification aspect coming into effect for a rider returning to a series with only a few rounds remaining. Nice to see the combined series having a positive effect.

Photo of supercross rider Jo Shimoda at Glendale Arizona in 2022
Jo Shimoda will make his 2023 debut in Atlanta this week following his recovery from a pre-season collarbone injury

Remember to stay up to date 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 on Spotify

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

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The Emergency Department List – Round 13

Christian Craig #28 – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Racing

Injured When? Glendale

Injured What? Dislocated Elbow and Dislocated hip

Return to Riding Timeframe – 8-12 weeks pending when the surgical repair of the elbow can occur as it’s delayed at this stage to let swelling go down.

Next race prediction – Mid to Late Outdoors 2023 at best.

Stilez Robertson #40 – Star Racing Yamaha

Injured When? Glendale

Injured What? Right Lower Leg, Tib/Fib Fracture 

Return to Riding Timeframe – has completed surgery and will likely be out for 8-12 weeks.

Next race prediction – Mid to Late Outdoors 2023

Hayden Mellross #105 – Privateer

Injured When? Glendale

Injured What? Right Lower Leg/Ankle. AlwaysMoto has been in touch with Hayden but he wasn’t able to confirm the details of the injury at this stage. More to come here soon.

Return to Riding Timeframe – has completed surgery and will likely be out for 8-12 weeks.

Next race prediction – Pending recovery and contracts. Maybe AusProMX rounds, Maybe WSX fill in or at worst AusSupercross.

Luke Kalaitzian #636 – Privateer

Injured When? Glendale

Injured What? Toe Fracture

Return to Riding Timeframe – 1-2 weeks – could potentially ride through if required.

Next race prediction – Next West Coast Round at Metlife for round 14 or Denver for round 16

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 – Mid to Late Outdoors 2023 at best.

Cade Clason #68 – Team PRMX Kawasaki

Injured When? Mid Week before Glendale

Injured What? Broken rib and a punctured lung

Return to Riding Timeframe – 2-4 weeks pending pain tolerance and aerobic capacity may be able to return sooner.

Next race prediction – Maybe this weekend for Atlanta?

Dylan Walsh #79 – Privateer Kawasaki

Injured When? Seattle

Injured What? Tibia Fracture and Dylan have confirmed with AlwaysMoto that he completed surgery immediately after Seattle and has had a rod inserted in his Tibia.

Return to Riding Timeframe – Likely out for 3-5 months pending initial surgical recovery progression.

Next race prediction – Late Outdoors 2023 if he is planning to complete MX in USA.

Ty Freehill #517 – Privateer Yamaha

Injured When? Seattle

Injured What? Collapsed Left Lung, Bruised Left shoulder and Left Hip, Left Pinky finger fracture

Return to Riding Timeframe – Unclear, 4-6wks but Ty has indicated he wants to try ride Glendale.

Next race prediction – Possibly out for the remainder of SX. May try Denver or Salt Lake pending recovery and privateer life/funding.

Julien Benek #500 – Team PRMX Kawasaki

Injured When? Seattle

Injured What? Fractured Thumb

Return to Riding Timeframe – 4-6wks 

Next race prediction – Out for remaining SX rounds.

Alex Ray #140

Injured When? Detroit

Injured What? After coming back around 3-4 weeks post-op from his thumb fracture. He has managed to case a jump and break his Ring Finger which required more surgery.

Return to Riding Timeframe – Likely out for 6 weeks now.

Next race prediction – May miss the rest of the season pending the recovery progress post-op.

Scott Meshey #411

Injured When? Detroit – Press Day

Injured What? An Overjump of the Triple has caused a Tibia fracture to the malleolus. Inner ankle bone.

Return to Riding Timeframe – 6-8wks

Next race prediction – May miss the rest of the season pending the recovery progress.

Robert Hailey #289

Injured When? Detroit

Injured What? Right Shoulder dislocation

Return to Riding Timeframe – Pending stability once relocated. Could be ready in 1-2 weeks.

Next race prediction – Robert confirmed will be back for Atlanta.

Bubba Pauli #282

Injured When? Indy

Injured What? Amputated the tip of his Left Thumb

Return to Riding Timeframe – Unclear. Due to the reattachment process. Not sure how long it will take for the tip to survive or be removed.

Next race prediction – likely out for Supercross.

Larry Reyes Jr #552

Injured When? Indy

Injured What? Grade 5 liver laceration, Fractured Shoulder and a concussion

Return to Riding Timeframe – 8-12 weeks pending liver function returning.

Next race prediction – Likely out for Supercross.

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 – 6-8wks

Next race prediction – May Miss remaining Supercross rounds pending recovery process.

Jonah Geistler #115

Injured When? Daytona

Injured What? T1 and T4 fractures, 1st rib fracture and a small brain bleed

Return to Riding Timeframe – 6-8wks pending head injury recovery.

Next race prediction – May miss the remaining Supercross rounds.

Devin Harriman #99 – Privateer

Injured When? Arlington 

Injured What? Compound fracture of Left Tibia/ fibula

Return to Riding Timeframe – 3 months pending post-op recovery process.

Next race prediction – Mid Outdoors 2023.

Phil Nicoletti #69 – ClubMX Yamaha

Injured When? Oakland

Injured What? Dislocated Wrist, Ulnar Lunate dislocation. The treatment needed is still pending.

Return to Riding Timeframe – 6-8 weeks Minimum depending on surgical intervention needed.

Next race prediction – MX Round 1 in Late May 2023.

Matthew Curler #958 – Privateer

Injured When? Tampa

Injured What? Dislocated right shoulder, Left wrist sprain, investigating broken thumb and burn on his side

Return to Riding Timeframe – 6-8wks pending thumb fracture confirmation

Next race prediction – Unclear at this stage. 

Dylan Ferrandis #14 – Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha

Injured When? Houston and further issues with the Daytona Press Day crash.

Injured What? Concussion

Return to Riding Timeframe – Reported on his socials about a 6wk program to return via. Currently about 3-4 weeks in.

Next race prediction – Unclear at this time. Maybe out til Outdoors???

Preston Kilroy #71 – ClubMX Yamaha

Injured When? Houston

Injured What? Broke both wrists

Return to Riding Timeframe – 6-8 weeks minimum. Required surgery on both right and left radius bones in his forearms.

Next race prediction – Potentially out until Outdoors in late May 2023.

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.

Ryder Floyd #296 – Privateer Yamaha

Injured When? Pre-season – Attempted to race Houston but was unable to get through the day.

Injured What? Fractured Right Foot

Return to Riding Timeframe – 6-8weeks post-op

Next race prediction – May Miss remaining East Coast SX rounds

Cory Carsten #281 – Privateer Suzuki

Injured When? Pre-season for East Coast 

Injured What? Collarbone fracture. Completed surgery for repair.

Return to Riding Timeframe – Back on the bike this week!

Next race prediction – Round 13 in Atlanta

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.

Jalek Swoll #31 – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna

Injured When? Training incident.

Injured What? Spiral Fracture of Left Humerus

Return to Riding Timeframe – 8-12 weeks

Next race prediction – No news at this stage

Jo Shimoda #30 – Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki

Injured When? Training incident.

Injured What? Collarbone fracture.

Return to Riding Timeframe – 6 weeks

Next race prediction – Back this week for Atlanta Round 13.

Seth Hammaker #35 – Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki

Injured When? Training incident.

Injured What? Wrist injury.

Return to Riding Timeframe – 6 weeks

Next race prediction – Outdoors Round One at Pala

Marvin Musquin #25 – RedBull KTM

Injured When? Mid-week prior to San Diego

Injured What? Broken Scaphoid. 

Return to Riding Timeframe – The fracture coupled with issues from a previous wrist injury has meant that Marvin will let the injury heal naturally and this will extend his recovery timeframe. Potentially to around 8 weeks.

Next race prediction – Possibly out for the remaining Supercross rounds in 2023. Still in a splint as per the KTM headquarters opening.

Austin Forkner #55 – Pro Circuit Kawasaki

Injured When? Anaheim 1

Injured What? Right Knee and Left Hand. The Right knee is the main issue. ACL Tear, Partial tears to PCL and MCL ligaments. Both Medial and Lateral Meniscus tears and a tibial Plateau fracture.

Return to Riding Timeframe – 6-9 months pending graft type used for ACL repair

Next race prediction – Unclear at this time. 

Luis Macias #259 – The Privateer Paddock

Injured When? Anaheim 1

Injured What? Broken Ribs, Lacerated Lung and Pneumothorax

Return to Riding Timeframe – 6 weeks. Back on the bike and getting ready for the SX again soon.

Next race prediction – Aiming for Denver. Not ready fitness-wise for Seattle due to the lung injury affecting his early training capacity.

Justin Rodbell #70 – Privateer 

Injured When? Pre-Season

Injured What? Torn Achilles Tendon. AlwaysMoto checked in with Justin just a few days after he had surgery to repair the tear. Justin has a long road ahead with the recovery. 

Return to Riding Timeframe – 6-9 months

Next race prediction – Pala for round one of the Outdoor Nationals

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.

Kyle Greeson #204 – Privateer

Injured When? Pre-Season

Injured What? L3 Burst Fracture

Return to Riding Timeframe – 3Months +

Next race prediction – Pending recovery May be able to race MX in Late May 2023.

Vince Friese #39 – Motoconcepts Honda

Injured When? Pre-Season

Injured What? The Team has been very non-specific and lacks details on the injury for Vince. Unconfirmed reports of an Achilles injury from the A1 pits as he was in a moon boot.

Return to Riding Timeframe – as of last week is back on the bike from the videos on his Instagram. But still no response from the team or Vince about his plans or injury details.

Next race prediction – Round One of WSX in July 2023.

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