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The Emergency Department – 2023 AMA Supercross Championship – Round 3 – San Diego

Author: David Hogan

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Photo of Austin Forkner at the 2023 AMA Supercross Opener
Austin Forkner will miss the remaining Supercross rounds with a Knee injury.

An unexpected break in the schedule after only one round! Not what anyone thought they would be hearing after the opener at Anaheim nearly two weeks ago.

But Mother Nature had her own agenda and was obviously busy last Saturday night when Oakland was meant to run and she clearly did not want to miss the action. 

After the heavy rain in the area, the event has been rescheduled by Feld for February 18th when the first break in the series was originally planned.

But what about Anaheim? Definitely didn’t disappoint from the 450s. Lots of action and lead changes in that 450 main event. Plenty of drama and action all day really when it came to the track and crashes. Not all resulted in injuries that made the list below. But many did. Including the big one for Austin Forkner. Unfortunately for Austin, yet another year will seemingly slip by as he goes under the knife to repair his right knee. For the damage incurred, I would not expect to see Austin back on track for at least 6 months potentially longer. This does not go well for him in terms of getting any results in 2023 and just continues to set him back in his career. Hopefully, he can get this recovery done well and be back strong for another shot at it all in 2024.

In past seasons Anaheim has been a bit of a mixed look at how the season eventually played out. But this year’s results seemed to be a bit more expected outcomes than we have previously seen. Eli Tomac winning, Jett Lawrence winning, nothing out of the ordinary there. Maybe this weekend in San Diego we will see a mix-up of the podium and the whacky outlier results for the season before we slip into that more status quo results.

Something to keep track of in 2023 is the injuries per round. In 2022, we averaged 3.8 injuries per round, and in 2021 that was 3.7. Already at round one, we are averaging 11. Let’s hope that number doesn’t continue as we may run out of riders come March or April.

A reminder that If you haven’t joined the league you can find the details on the AlwaysMoto Instagram page or here. You can join up until February 1st.

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

Listen to the full episode of The AlwaysMoto Podcast here

See you next series Moto fans.

#injuriesareapartofmoto

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@david-hogan

Injured Riders List – Round 3

Marvin Musquin #25 – Red Bull KTM

Injured When? Practicing mid-week before San Diego

Injured What? As per updates on Twitter from various sources now. A wrist injury has been sustained this week during practice and further imaging is happening to confirm injury details.

Return to Riding Timeframe – unclear at the time of writing this update. Check back next week.

Next race prediction – Unknown at this early stage of injury investigation

Jason Anderson #21 – Monster Energy Kawasaki

Injured When? Anaheim 1

Injured What? Possible Broken nose from his crash in Qualifying.

Return to Riding Timeframe – No missed time is expected for this injury as he raced the remainder of the Anaheim program without issue.

Next race prediction – Round 2 at San Diego

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.
The Kawasaki Press Release can be read here

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

Next race prediction – Unclear at this time. Likely not be until 2024 pending how early recovery post-op goes.

Malcolm Stewart #27 – RockStar Husqvarna

Injured When? Anaheim 1

Injured What? No confirmation, other than Banged up.

Return to Riding Timeframe – <1wk

Next race prediction – Round 2 at San Diego

Benny Bloss #44 – Rock River Yamaha

Injured When? Anaheim 1

Injured What? Banged Up but all his scanned checked out clear as per our last chat with Benny when he appeared to be in a very short hospital bed after Anaheim 1. He does have a sore tail bone though

Return to Riding Timeframe – 2 weeks.

Next race prediction – Benny has tried to ride this week to be on the gate at San Diego but his tailbone needs more time. He will try again for next week’s race.

Pierce Brown #33 – TLD GasGas

Injured When? Anaheim 1

Injured What? Banged Up

Return to Riding Timeframe – 1-week

Next race prediction – Expected to be at Round 2 in San Diego

Wilson Todd #102 – FirePower Honda

Injured When? Anaheim 1

Injured What? Banged Up

Return to Riding Timeframe – 1-week

Next race prediction – Expected to be at Round 2 in San Diego as confirmed with AlwaysMoto by Team Manager Yarrive Konsky

David Pulley #138 – – The Privateer Paddock

Injured When? Anaheim 1

Injured What? Concussion, Broken Sternum, broken ribs and knee injury.

Return to Riding Timeframe – Minimum 6 weeks. David has not been able to confirm the details of his knee injury as yet.

Next race prediction – unclear at this time.

McClellan Hile #533 – Privateer Honda

Injured When? Anaheim 1

Injured What? Concussion and bruised lungs

Return to Riding Timeframe – 2 weeks

Next race prediction – McClellan indicated to AlwaysMoto that he would be back for Round 2 at San Diego

Luis Macias #259 – The Privateer Paddock

Injured When? Anaheim 1

Injured What? Broken Ribs, Lacerated Lung and Pneumothorax

Return to Riding Timeframe – 6 weeks

Next race prediction – somewhere around Round 8 at Daytona

Scott Meshy #411 – Privateer

Injured When? Anaheim 1

Injured What? Right HAnd, Two metacarpals

Return to Riding Timeframe – 4-6 weeks

Next race prediction – Rnd 8 in Daytona

Ryder DiFrancesco #75 – Monster Energy Pro Circuit

Injured When? Training

Injured What? Left Thumb, Avulsion fracture. This is where the ligament is pulled away from the bone with a piece of bone still attached to the Ligament. Ryder had surgery 2 days after the injury.

Return to Riding Timeframe – 6-8 weeks

Next race prediction – Pro Motocross Opener – Late May 2023

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 – Unclear at this early stage of recovery for this injury.

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.

Carson Mumford #52 – BarX Suzuki

Injured When? Pre-Season

Injured What? Left Distal Radius Fracture

Return to Riding Timeframe – 6-8 weeks pending surgical repair and the post-op restrictions by the surgeon.

Next race prediction – Returned scheduled for Oakland on Feb 18th. Carson has resumed riding this week and switched teams to Pro-Circuit Kawasaki.

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 – Unknown

Next race prediction – Unknown – Give me a call or an email back Tony Alessi!

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