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The Emergency Department – 2023 AMA Supercross Championship Round 7 – Arlington

Author: David Hogan

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Photo of Supercross rider Chase Sexton at round six of the 2023 AMA Supercross Championship in Florida
Can Chase Sexton (23) stay on two wheels for the entire main event and get back on the winners list?

Finally, We are back to a round number that makes sense! Arlington is round 7 this weekend.

Oakland doesn’t disappoint. After needing to be rescheduled due to heavy rain at the beginning of January. We finally made it to the Nor Cal round. As usual, there were plenty of complaints about the general safety of the region and plenty of “man that track was hard” comments. But generally exciting racing.

Chase Sexton continues to have trouble finishing off races when out front. Something I’m sure is in his head by now but one win in a 20 minute main and things could turn quickly for him. But Eli Tomac continues to just be solid in this 450 class. His speed in the early parts of the day in Oakland in the second set of whoops was mind-blowing. Matching the impressiveness of Jett Lawrence’s speed in the same section. Both guys are dominating their classes lately but the aggressive positioning on their bikes and control they had in the second whoop section was something else. Clearly better than anybody else in that section for each guy in their respective classes. 

RJ Hampshire continues to be an injury surprise. In that he gets injuries. But somehow defies the norm and is able to compete at a high level in a seriously short amount of time post-injury. His Anaheim 2 crash reportedly cause him to have an AC separation and a spleen injury. Something that is a serious internal injury and can result in a lot of blood loss. RJ was clearly a bit paler than usual on the podium after the main event and I feel that is a sign of him struggling from that injury still. Despite all that. He has already been on a 450 this week to get ready for a few fill-in rides. No rest for RJ it seems.

Photo of RJ Hampshire at round three of the 2023 AMA Supercross Championship
RJ Hampshire has an uncanny ability to ride with/thru injury.

Cameron Mcadoo also fits in this RJ recovery surprise category. With only 3 wks since Anaheim 2. He somehow got that swollen pop-eye arm down to a somewhat normal size and was able to compete for the podium. That would have been a painful couple of weeks to get that swelling moved out of the arm. Massage, compression wraps, and cold therapies would have been happening around the clock to get him to Oakland.

Photo of Monster Energy Supercross rider Cameron McAdoo
Cameron Macadoo

A few riders will be coming back for Arlington this week. Make sure you scan the list below to find out the status of each rider.

Finally, some news has come out about Marvin Musquin. Seems an old wrist injury has forced his current scaphoid fracture to have to be managed by natural healing. No surgery in this instance for Marvin. But Scaphoids can be slow healers. He may be out for some time or even still be forced into surgery despite the old injury if the scaphoid doesn’t recover as expected.

Photo of Monster Energy Supercross rider Marvin Musquin
Marvin Musquin will have an extended recovery time from a fracture Scaphoid due to previous wrist injuries.

Arlington brings us a Triple Crown event this week. Hunter Lawrence will be looking to continue his streak of wins to start the East Coast series in the 250 class. But will Eli be pushing as hard in the 450’s after the Anaheim 2 triple crown where he ended the event with this year’s most spectacular crashes so far.

A reminder that the AlwaysMoto Fantasy league game continues. For Aussie Readers, if you want to join the now-closed league. Please send me a DM for a special entry to the league.

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 click below for Spotify

See you next round 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. info@alwaysmoto.com

Injured Riders List – Round 7

Stilez Robertson #40 – Star Racing Yamaha

Injured When? Oakland

Injured What? Beat up 

Return to Riding Timeframe – 1-2 weeks 

Next race prediction – Should be fine by the next West Coast round in Seattle.

John Short #73 – Privateer Kawasaki

Injured When? Oakland

Injured What? Beat up, In John’s words when we spoke. “All good, Hit hard and just Dinged my head”.

Return to Riding Timeframe – Pending clearing Concussion protocol.

Next race prediction – Arlington for Round 7.

Joan Cross #848 – Privateer Kawasaki

Injured When? Oakland

Injured What? Beat up from a big collision in Practice. Facial wounds are prominent if you check his Instagram pics.

Return to Riding Timeframe – AlwaysMoto has confirmed with Joan that nothing majorly injured and hopes to be on the gate at Arlington

Next race prediction – Arlington for Round 7.

Derek Kelley #41 – AEO KTM

Injured When? Oakland

Injured What? Beat up from multiple crashes in the whoops across the event.

Return to Riding Timeframe – 1-2 weeks 

Next race prediction – Should be fine by the next West Coast round in Seattle.

Matt Moss #100 – BarX Suzuki

Injured When? Oakland

Injured What? He aggravated an old thumb injury during the Main Event.

Return to Riding Timeframe – 1-2 weeks pending treatment needs.

Next race prediction – Should be fine by the next West Coast round in Seattle.

Dominque Thurry #76 – Team Solitare 

Injured When? Oakland

Injured What? Concussion

Return to Riding Timeframe – 1-2 weeks pending clearance from concussion protocol.

Next race prediction – Should be fine by the next West Coast round in Seattle.

Phil Nicolleti #69 – ClubMX Yamaha

Injured When? Oakland

Injured What? Dislocated Wrist, Ulnar Lunate dislocation. Surgery is occurring this week.

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

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

Kyle Chisholm #11 – HEP Twisted Tea Suzuki

Injured When? Mid Week before Oakland

Injured What? Twisted a knee. Previously had 2 ACL repairs on this knee. Will undergo further investigations this week

Return to Riding Timeframe – should be able to ride through

Next race prediction – Arlington

Jerry Robin #97 – Privateer GasGas

Injured When? Dealing with it for a few weeks

Injured What? Bent the plate and screws backing out of old repaired hand fracture

Return to Riding Timeframe – 6 weeks are required as he has to have the plate and screws removed. 

Next race prediction – Should be fine by the next West Coast round in Seattle.

Justin Starling #60 – Privateer GasGas

Injured When? Tampa

Injured What? Chin Laceration and Twisted Knee. Has ongoing knee issues from Tampa, getting more scans this week. 

Return to Riding Timeframe – 1wk

Next race prediction – As per Justing Updates on Twitter, he will be in Oakland this week

Cullin Park #67 – Phoenix Honda

Injured When? Tampa

Injured What? Banged Up, Mainly around his shoulder region as per his quick chat with AlwaysMoto this week.

Return to Riding Timeframe – 1-2wks

Next race prediction – Arlington this weekend

Alex Ray #140 – Privateer Yamaha

Injured When? Tampa

Injured What? Broken right Thumb. Has completed surgery and is on the recovery path

Return to Riding Timeframe – 6wks

Next race prediction – Seattle at the earliest

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 – Atlanta for the next East Coast round

Dylan Ferrandis #14 – Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha

Injured When? Houston

Injured What? Concussion

Return to Riding Timeframe – Will depend on him passing the AMA concussion protocol 1-2wks

Next race prediction – No word on Oakland at the time of writing this update.

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? No details are available at the time of this being published

Return to Riding Timeframe – 1-2wks

Next race prediction – Arlington for Round 7

Deven Raper #447 – Privateer Kawasaki

Injured When? Pre-Season – But aggravated a Nerve injury in Houston during a hard crash

Injured What? Nerve injury in his right arm

Return to Riding Timeframe – Deven took two weeks off the bike to assist with his recovery.

Next race prediction – Round 7 in Arlington

TJ Albright #116 – Privateer Yamaha

Injured When? Pre-season for East Coast 1/2/23

Injured What? Right Knee injury.

Return to Riding Timeframe – TJ has spoken with AlwaysMoto and he is aiming to be back in Indianapolis in 3 weeks time.

Next race prediction – Round 9 Indianapolis

Cory Carsten #281 – Privateer Suzuki

Injured When? Pre-season for East Coast 

Injured What? Collarbone fracture. Completed surgery for repair.

Return to Riding Timeframe – 6 weeks approx.

Next race prediction – Round 13 in Atlanta when East Coast SX comes back from a West coast swing.

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 – Sometime after round 13 at the earliest.

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 – Maybe Atlanta for round 13 pending recovery progress

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 – Maybe Atlanta for round 13  pending recovery progress

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.

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. Likely not be until 2024 pending how early recovery post-op goes.

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 – Somewhere around Round 8 at 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

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 7 in Arlington 

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.

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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