Frossard finally succumbs to troublesome knee injury
Monster Energy Yamaha’s Steven Frossard will have a second operation on the right knee he injured at the Grand Prix of Bulgaria on April 21st and the process to replace the ACL ligament and fix a troublesome meniscus means that the 2011 FIM Motocross World Champion MX1 runner-up will miss the rest of the season.
Frossard caught his foot on the ground during the qualification heat at Sevlievo for the second round of sixteen in the campaign. He immediately had surgery to remove a broken anterior cruciate ligament and attempted the following events in Italy, Mexico and Brazil in difficult circumstances.
The 24 year old pushed through his training and lined up at his home race at St Jean D’Angely, finishing in a very respectful 7th position overall, but Frossard again felt some pain in the joint and was also hesitant of taking too much of a risk in the right hand turns.
After a scan on Monday 4th June with a specialist in Lyon, Frossard was told of a slightly aggravated meniscus problem that was causing his discomfort. Even though he has the speed to continue his top results in the remaining ten Grands Prix of the year this latest development helped force the decision that the Frenchman would be better undergoing a procedure to rebuild the knee immediately.
Frossard will operated on by Dr Bertrand Sonnery-Cottet at the Jean Mermoz hospital in the rider’s town of Lyon. The surgery will involve replacement of the ligament with other material from the racer’s lower leg and carefully placed screws. The meniscus problem will also be addressed.
The 2012 Italian Elite champion is naturally disappointed that his long winter of work and preparation with the factory team will not reach fruition.
Frossard is expected to enter a recovery and rehabilitation phase of four months before he can begin training again, with the outlook to be fit and ready for the start of the 2013 season.
Though nothing has been confirmed, New Zealander rider and current points lead of the Monster Energy MX Nationals, Josh Coppins is currently in Europe and there was speculation before he left Australia for the mid season break in our domestic competition, that he would line up in place of Frossard if he was unable to race.