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The previous round of the 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship was not kind to a handful of guys and therefore the injury list has grown ahead of round seven, the Grand Prix of France, this weekend. Who is not going to be sat behind the starting line? A comprehensive list, with the latest updates, can be viewed below.
In for the MXGP of France
Evgeny Bobryshev: Evgeny Bobryshev is not at one hundred percent yet but will return to racing in France. The way that things will go is very much up in the air at the moment, but every rider has to start somewhere in an attempt to return to full fitness. This is that starting point.
Out of the MXGP of France
Max Anstie: Max Anstie has been beat up recently, following multiple hits to different parts of his body, and has chosen to skip the Grand Prix of France in an attempt to return to one hundred percent. The Grand Prix of Russia is where he will make his return and attempt to get things back on track.
Calvin Vlaanderen: Calvin Vlaanderen picked up an infection in his right leg and was told that he had to go under the knife in order to clean it up, which he has done now. There is no timeline on his recovery, but it is safe to assume that he will be out for a little while. Vlaanderen will drop out of the top ten in points this weekend.
Iker Larranaga Olano: Iker Larranaga Olano broke his collarbone at round one of the current term, but later returned and enjoyed some success. Fifth overall at the MXGP of Lombardia was a career-best result. There was then another setback at Agueda, as a fall left him with a fractured wrist. Surgery has been performed.
Marcel Conijn: Marcel Conijn, of the Gebben Van Venrooy Kawasaki team, crashed before Agueda and was left with a broken collarbone, as well as broken ribs. There is no timeline on his recovery. The beginning of his season has not been overly successful, as he has not yet scored points in MX2.
Conrad Mewse: Conrad Mewse crashed at round two of the Maxxis British Championship and sustained a wrist injury that will sideline him for two months or so. Surgery was carried out just before Agueda, so the healing process is now underway. Alexander Brown has been drafted in as his replacement on the team.
Jeffrey Herlings: It seems as though Jeffrey Herlings is edging closer to a return now, as he is riding regularly and should be back at the Grand Prix of Russia in two weeks. If, for some reason, he does not return at the Russian event, he should be back in either Latvia or Germany. It is a week-by-week thing now.
Jose Butron: Jose Butron shattered his ankle whilst testing in the Czech Republic and will skip the remaining rounds of the 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship. The injury is rather severe, hence why he needed to have a surgery that lasted for more than six hours, but he is adamant that he will be back at some point.
Nathan Renkens: Nathan Renkens, who actually started his own team this season, fell at the Grand Prix of The Netherlands and tore his ACL. There is currently no timeline on his recovery, but he has had surgery and is out of the foreseeable.
Max Nagl: Max Nagl was cleared to begin training towards the end of April and has targeted round two of the ADAC MX Masters, Moggers, as the point that he will return at. One would then presume that he is set to return to the Grand Prix scene at the Russian stop.
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: ConwayMX