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The Emergency Department – 2022 Australian Supercross Championship – Wagga Wagga

Author: David Hogan

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Aaron Tanti hopes to get the all-clear to race in the final round of the 2022 Australian Supercross Championship

The Australian Supercross Championship is almost done. Just one round to go and we will be done. Champions will be crowned and Many will be off to float on a lake or lay on the sand at the beach somewhere waiting for the AMA Supercross to kick off in early January.

Round 3 of the Aussie series was a fantastic return to Newcastle. With over 20,000 fans in attendance at Mcdonald Jones stadium. The triple crown provided short sharp entertaining racing.

Matt Moss continued his recent impressive run of form with his first win in the Australian Supercross championship in quite some time. Justin Brayton can be forgiven for feeling a bit annoyed at the end of the night after things out of his control caused him to lose the overall on the last lap of the final triple crown race. But he remains in control of the championship and will look to retain the number one plate in Wagga Wagga.

On the Injury front. Newcastle was quite a brutal round for the Injury list. Most spectacularly whilst leading the 2nd main, Aaron Tanti ended what had already been a bumpy night with a concussion.

All three classes of competition had multiple injuries and the final main for SX1 and SX2 was a much smaller grid than the opening heat races would have suggested.

Unfortunately one of the more bizarre incidents of the day program also led to an unfortunate injury. Gage Linville was on the receiving end of an unexpected error from Luke Davis. Luke and Gage would meet unexpectedly on the start straight head-on, resulting in Gage leaving worse for wear with a collarbone fracture.

With the final round this weekend. We should be thankful for the series’ return in 2022. But also we can hope that the experience of the riders competing in this championship return will help improve their preparations come the 2023 edition. Ideally resulting in better racing and fewer riders joining the Emergency Department list below.

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

See you next series 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. Some extras if you’re lucky!

If we have missed a rider or got an injury update wrong let us know. alwaysmoto2019@gmail.com

Aaron Tanti #9 – CDR Yamaha (SX1)

Injured When? Rnd 3 Newcastle

Injured What? Concussion

Return to Riding Timeframe – Aaron has confirmed with AlwaysMoto that he hopes to be cleared on Friday night (day before the race) to race the final round.

Next race prediction – Potentially ready for Wagga Wagga if medical clearance can be attained.

Hayden Melross #45 – GasGas (SX1)

Injured When? Rnd 3 Newcastle

Injured What? Chin Laceration and Finger/hand injury

Return to Riding Timeframe – Details on Hayden’s injury is limited and the timeframe for recovery cannot be estimated at this time.

Next race prediction – Potentially ready for Wagga Wagga if medical clearance can be attained.

Brad West #45 – Serco Yamaha (SX2)

Injured When? Rnd 3 Newcastle

Injured What? Brad’s team confirmed he sustained a broken foot midweek before Newcastle.

Return to Riding Timeframe – 6-8wks pending need for surgery

Next race prediction – Likely out until the 2023 American Supercross Futures.

Gage Linville #40 – Honda Racing Australia (SX2)

Injured When? Rnd 3 Newcastle

Injured What? Right Collarbone Fracture

Return to Riding Timeframe – 6 weeks pending surgical intervention

Next race prediction – Gage indicated he will be doing the American Supercross Futures series in 2023.

Isaac Fergusson #149 – Privateer

Injured When? Rnd 3 Newcastle

Injured What? Dislocated shoulder

Return to Riding Timeframe – Isaac confirmed with AlwaysMoto that he feels good post-dislocation. But is going for MRI to confirm the damage and the need for surgery.

Next race prediction – Pending need for Surgery. AusProMx.

Hixson McInnes #276 – BCP Honda (SX3)

Injured When? Rnd 3 Newcastle

Injured What? Multiple areas of bruising. Hixson indicated his lower back is pretty sore.

Return to Riding Timeframe – Hixson hopes to be back on the bike late this week to be ready for Wagga

Next race prediction – Wagga Wagga Rnd 4.

Jack Kitchen #38 – Privateer (SX2)

Injured When? Rnd 3 Newcastle

Injured What? Left Elbow Fracture – Radial head

Return to Riding Timeframe – 6-8wks

Next race prediction – 2023 AusProMx.

Ryan Kohlenberg #51 – Privateer (SX2)

Injured When? Rnd 3 Newcastle

Injured What? Broken Heel

Return to Riding Timeframe – 8-12wks. Heels are notoriously slow healing. 

Next race prediction – 2023 AusProMx.

Jesse Bishop #22 – Privateer (SX1)

Injured When? Rnd 3 Newcastle

Injured What? Dislocated right shoulder, bloody nose and scuffs to face

Return to Riding Timeframe – Jesse indicated to AlwaysMoto that he is trying to race Wagga 

Next race prediction – Wagga Wagga Rnd 4.

Tomas Ravenhorst #188 – Bolt Everywear / Liqui Moly Racing Team (SX2)

Injured When? Rnd 2 Adelaide

Injured What? 7 rib fractures, Collarbone and vertebrae fractures. Also, bleeding on the lung

Return to Riding Timeframe – Tomas’s initial update indicated he may try to ride the final round in Wagga but I’d be surprised if that is possible or goes well.

Next race prediction – Round 4 of Aus SX. If not likely not until 2023 AusProMx

Jy Roberts #100 – WBR Yamaha (SX2)

Injured When? Rnd 2 Adelaide

Injured What? Broken Right Forearm (Radius and Ulnar)

Return to Riding Timeframe – 12wks pending clearance by a specialist.

Next race prediction – 2023 AusProMx

Luke Clout #4 – CDR Yamaha (SX1)

Injured When? Rnd 1 Melbourne

Injured What? Broken Left thumb

Return to Riding Timeframe – CDR has confirmed Josh Hill to fill in for the final two rounds of Aus SX leaving Luke out for about 6-8wks.

Next race prediction – 2023 AusProMx

Brett Metcalfe #24 – KTM Australia (SX1)

Injured When? Rnd 1 Melbourne

Injured What? Broken Collar Bone

Return to Riding Timeframe – Brett confirmed with AlwaysMoto that he won’t be returning for SX this year. He will be joining us on the AlwaysMoto podcast next week to discuss his racing plans for 2023.

Next race prediction – 2023 AusProMx

Bailey Malkiewicz #11 – Serco Yamaha (SX2)

Injured When? Rnd 1 Melbourne

Injured What? He Dislocated and fractured his ankle.

Return to Riding Timeframe – 8-12wks.

Next race prediction – 2023 AusProMx

Connor Tierney #7 – WBR Yamaha (SX2)

Injured When? Rnd 1 Melbourne

Injured What? Dislocated hip

Return to Riding Timeframe – 6-8wks pending recovery of range of motion and strength/stability of the hip joint.

Next race prediction – 2023 AusProMx

Joel Wightman #30 – Privateer Yamaha (SX1)

Injured When? WSX Rnd 2 Melbourne

Injured What? Broken Wrist and Ankle

Return to Riding Timeframe – 8-10wks pending Specialist clearance.

Next race prediction – 2023 AusProMx

Chad Reed #22 – KTM (SX1)

Injured When? WSX Rnd 1 Cardiff

Injured What? Dislocated Right Shoulder, Broken Left Hand, Broken Ribs

Return to Riding Timeframe – 12 weeks approx pending shoulder recovery.

Next race prediction – Unclear. Potentially WSX 2023, pending the commencement date of the series in 2023 which is yet to be confirmed. But no Aus SX round for him this year, unfortunately. He will be in Newcastle signing autographs though.

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