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The Emergency Department – 2023 AMA Supercross Championship Round 15 – Nashville

Author: David Hogan

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Photo of Eli Tomac at round nine of the 2023 AMA Supercross Championship
Eli Tomac scared a few people with his practice crash in East Rutherford. But a Corked Thigh did not prevent him from extending his points lead

Talk about a strange race day in AMA Supercross at East Rutherford.

From Eli Tomac going down early to lightning delays before the main events and even potentially needing a jet ski to make that final corner if you ask RJ Hampshire.

Somehow on the injury front, we lost a lot of factory guys during the morning sessions in East Rutherford. Thankfully one managed to return for the night program. Whilst the other two will be back this weekend as well.

Eli Tomac gave the title chase a bit of a scare. But a corked thigh is minor for a Moto injury and if you manage to keep it warm. As in loose to movement. There is no reason he couldn’t come straight out and do exactly what he did later that night. With that minor injury, he still extended his points lead.

Aaron Plessinger took a big hit in the untimed session. A hip contusion and some coughing up of blood led to him getting some further scans and missing out on the first mud race of the year that I’m sure he is the only guy who wishes he was on the gate more than not.

Photo of Supercross rider Aaron Plessinger who suffered a broken arm in practice
Aaron Plessinger missed the mud race through injury. He hopes to return this week in Nashville

Adam Cianciarulo has had a better but not great season. Somehow he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Running into Justin Barcia in practice as Barcia was losing control of his bike. Leading to Cianciarulo going down hard and suffering a concussion. Lucky for Cianciarulo he has cleared the AMA concussion protocol and will be on the gate again this weekend in Nashville. 

Photo of supercross rider Adam Cianciarulo
Adam Cianciarulo missed last week’s race after a collision with Justin Barcia in practice.

Hunter Lawrence has reportedly had a practice crash before East Rutherford but it didn’t appear to slow him down much. Hunter Lawrence didn’t get to clinch the title last weekend but is looking good to wrap it up this week.

It is the business end of the Supercross season. Unfortunately, it tends to mean some less-than-exciting racing. With the three guys still in the title hunt in the 450 class let’s hope that we can keep this thing tight all the way to the final round in Salt Lake City in 3wks time.

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 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

The Emergency Department List – Nashville

Eli Tomac #3 – Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha

Injured When? East Rutherford

Injured What? Corked Thigh

Return to Riding Timeframe – No time missed. 

Next race prediction – No missed time.

Aaron Plessinger #7 – Red Bull KTM

Injured When? East Rutherford

Injured What? Hip contusion and coughing up blood

Return to Riding Timeframe – 1wk

Next race prediction – Possibly Nashville this weekend.

Adam Cianciarulo #9 – Monster Energy Kawasaki

Injured When? East Rutherford

Injured What? Concussion

Return to Riding Timeframe – 1wk

Next race prediction – Nashville this weekend

Joshua Varize #42 – AEO KTM

Injured When? East Rutherford

Injured What? Concussion

Return to Riding Timeframe – 1-3wks pending passing concussion protocol

Next race prediction – Salt Lake City

Mason Kerr #597 – Privateer

Injured When? East Rutherford

Injured What? Aggravation of old hand injury

Return to Riding Timeframe – 1-2weeks

Next race prediction – Nashville this weekend maybe. No confirmation on MAson’s status at this time.

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 – Mid to Late Outdoors 2023 at best.

Jeremy Martin #6 – ClubMX Yamaha

Injured When? Atlanta

Injured What? Punctured Lung

Return to Riding Timeframe – 1-2wks

Next race prediction – Nashville Round 15

Guillaume St-Cyr #551 – Privateer KTM

Injured When? Atlanta

Injured What? Concussion and unconfirmed Left Shoulder soreness 

Return to Riding Timeframe – 1-4weeks pending concussion symptoms clearing

Next race prediction – Pending passing of Concussion Protocol May be ready for Nashville this weekend.

Brock Papi #247 – Privateer Kawasaki

Injured When? Atlanta

Injured What? Illness. Had a reaction to something that resulted in him being hospitalised after practice in Atlanta.

Return to Riding Timeframe – 1-2 weeks. AlwaysMoto has checked in with Brock and he is hoping to be back to normal within a week.

Next race prediction – Nashville Rnd 15

Logan Leitzel #208 – Privateer Kawasaki

Injured When? Mid-week prior to Atlanta

Injured What? Concussion and Knee injury.

Return to Riding Timeframe – Pending further medical intervention and diagnosis of his knee.

Next race prediction – Unclear at this time.

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. As per Hayden’s Instagram update xrays. He has a broken talus and tibia that have required internal fixation and some external fixation that will require further removal at some point in the future.

Return to Riding Timeframe – Hayden 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 – Round 16 at Denver

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.

Carter Stephenson #824 – Privateer

Injured When? Mid Week before Glendale – Road incident whilst riding his Harley

Injured What? Concussion, Fracture to Right forearm and elbow.

Return to Riding Timeframe – Approx 12wks

Next race prediction – Mid Outdoors 2023 all going well.

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. Plans to be back on the bike next week.

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. Has had the hardware removed from his finger this week.

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

Next race prediction – May miss the rest of the season pending the recovery progress. May try and race Denver for the PulpMX privateer challenge. Have to wait and see with this one.

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.

Bubba Pauli #282

Injured When? Indy

Injured What? Amputated the tip of his Left Thumb

Return to Riding Timeframe – Unclear. 

Next race prediction – 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 – Recovered from Daytona crash but has taken the opportunity to have some hardware removed from his leg that had been bothering him. 

Next race prediction – Out until Mid Motocross

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 just back on the bike this week.

Next race prediction – Confirmed he is back on the bike but sitting out until 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

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 further news at this stage

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 at the KTM headquarters opening 2wks ago.

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.

Justin Rodbell #70 – Privateer 

Injured When? Pre-Season

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

Return to Riding Timeframe – Justin is back training to be ready for outdoors round one at Pala.

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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