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The Emergency Department – 2021 AMA Pro Motocross Round 4 Red Budd – Who’s In and Out

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Thu July 1, 2021 4:38 pm | 400 readings

Click to zoom the image of Dean Wilson has confirmed he has been diagnosed with the Epstein Barr virus.  Photo: Simon Cudby
Dean Wilson has confirmed that he has been diagnosed with the Epstein Barr virus. Photo: Simon Cudby

IIt’s that time of year again! REDDDDDDBUDDDDDDD !!!!!!!!!!!

One of the staples of the AMA motocross calendar, the fan favorite and the rider track favorite for most American riders. Racing is still good here and the track is full of spectacular sections that any casual fan will recognize from years gone by.

With RedBud on round 4 this year, we are still at the start of the motocross season. There have been a surprisingly low number of injuries since the start of the Pro Motocross series. Sadly, the injuries that did occur were inflicted on some of the greatest runners and at the end of the series. Or at least a longer run out of the series. Zac Osborne and Cameron Mcadoo jump to mind here.

Dean Wilson and Seth Hammaker are two rider updates that I’m interested in following where they’ll be in over the next few weeks. Both runners have illness issues. Deano came out after High Point confirmed he was diagnosed with Epstein Barr virus (EBV) while Seth took a few laps to deal with fatigue related issues. Potentially tracing back to his Epstein Barr virus (EBV) issues from last year.

As far as I know, Deano plans to ride and practice. Something that is generally not advised with an EBV diagnosis. This is generally considered to be a simple digging of the hole deeper and an extension of the increasingly long recovery period. But looking at his instagram stories, he’s still on the Aldon baker guided program during the week. He was pretty exhausted looking in his motorcycle gear this week after a few motorcycles in Florida. So hopefully from a recovery standpoint, the team at Baker’s Factory are very closely monitoring their ongoing blood work. But he risks missing some races or obtaining worse results than expected over the rest of the season with this EBV which is currently lagging behind. With normal EBV management approaches, it is still an 8 to 12 week recovery. So, working out during this time, you would expect him not to make a full recovery for some time after the motocross season.

Click to see a larger image of Seth Hammaker battling the illness and it remains to be seen if he will walk through the Round 4 gate at Red Budd this weekend.
Seth Hammaker is battling the illness and it remains to be seen whether he will step through the fourth round gate at Red Budd this weekend.

For Seth, things were calm this week before RedBud. Originally indicating that he would return to High Point. This has been extended to RedBud. But will it be extended further? You may already know this by the time you read this. The joys of media and social networks!

So if he sits down again. Where does that leave the rookie? One could suggest that a major overhaul of the program is necessary. From top to bottom of his entire bike and bike program. This should ideally start as soon as possible. Otherwise, it continues to risk impacting performance into 2022 and beyond.

If he comes back for Redbud. Its performance and recovery will be the talking points. If the bike 2 is not going well from a fitness point of view. His season could be better suspended until 2022. If he goes well, he will still have to be watched closely from week to week. As any moment of physical or mental exertion could push his body balance into the red zone and kick EBV harder if that is in fact happening to him.

EBV has impacted many riding seasons and these two guys won’t be the last. But will they get the support they need to manage their workloads? Or will they continue to dig the hole deeper? That’s why I can’t wait to watch their updates over the next few weeks.

But for now, given that I can’t make it to Hattah this weekend due to Covid-19 border restrictions. I’m just going to find a nice comfortable chair to take in the sights and sounds of RedBud’s TV coverage. Dreaming of the day when we will have open borders and will once again be able to board planes, trains and cars freely!

As always, if your favorite rider is on this list, chances are they have seen a doctor or have recently been to the emergency room.

(David Hogan – @ always.moto on instagram)

This list has who we know has an injury. What is this injury, as well as when we expect them for the races. Maybe a few extras if you’re lucky!

If we missed a runner or messed around with an injury update, let us know. [email protected]

INJURY LIST – ENTER ROUND 4 – RED BUDD:

Henry Miller # 70 – KTM privateer (AMA SX / MX)
Injured when? 5/23/21 when preparing for Outdoors initially ripped the ACL. Had tried to manage cautiously and get back to racing at High Point. However, during practice / qualifying he worsened again and has now undergone surgery. AlwaysMoto has confirmed that Henry’s surgery went well on 6/30/2021 and that he is on the road to recovery. Henry Miller had a patellar tendon transplant used for the repair of his ACL.

Injured what? ACL rupture and tibial plateau fracture.

Time to return to riding – 5 to 6 months after ACL repair

Next race prediction – Supercross 2022 pending the possibility of completing the preseason before the January opening.

Zac Osborne # 16 – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing (AMA SX / MX)
Injured when? Before the Daytona Supercross “March 2021”

Injured what? Disc injury (reported as a herniation) to the lumbar region.

Return to Riding – The team’s announcement indicated they would not be competing in the motocross season. He could be back on the bike in about 8 weeks if the conservative management he undertakes with physical therapist Dr Brandon Keilman (American physiotherapist uses Dr, call me jealous.) I checked with Dr Keilman and he told me the initial therapy is going well. The goal is to correct his postural loading positions to protect his discs. There is always a risk if the conservative approach fails and surgery is required. This will continue to be examined as the treatment progresses.

Next race prediction – Supercross 2022.

Dean Wilson # 15 – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing (AMA SX / MX)
Injured when? Reports say he had issues before Outdoors started

Injured what? Epstein-Barr virus

Back to Riding Period – This is an open-ended agreement. If he tries to pull through, he could participate in all the remaining events.

Next race prediction – RND 4 RedBud 2021

Alex Martin # 26 – RockRiver Manluk Racing Yamaha (AMA SX / MX)
Injured when? Tour 2 Tonnerre Valley – 5/6/21

Injured what? Fractures of the arm, middle of the rod and ulna. Alex has completed the operation to repair the injury.

Go back to riding period – 6-8 weeks waiting for bone healing and need further surgery to remove plaques etc.

Next Race Prediction – Best RND10 at Ironman. At worst, he will be out for the rest of the MX season. Although Alex in a podcast interview indicated that he was trying to be back for Millville. Which would be a month earlier than what I listed for IronMan. Not sure it’s practical but I was already wrong.

Jeremy Martin # 6 – Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha (AMA SX / MX)
Injured when? Tour 2 Tonnerre Valley – 5/6/21

Injured what? Fractured scaphoid. Potentially this was injured a few months earlier and did not heal properly.

Time to return to running – 6 to 8 weeks pending bone healing and the need for surgery to stabilize or for bone grafting if delayed bone healing occurs. Reports say Jeremy tried to ride before High Point and crashed and also broke a few fingers now so another six weeks before he came back at least.

Next Race Prediction – Best RND10 at Ironman. At worst, he will be out for the rest of the MX season.

Jeremy Smith # 309 – SGB Kawasaki (AMA SX / MX)
Injured when? Tour 2 Tonnerre Valley – 5/6/21

Injured what? Fractured collarbone

Return to riding period – 6-8 weeks awaiting bone healing and if surgery is complete to stabilize. This could reduce that recovery to 4 weeks.

Next Race Prediction – Best RND8 at Unadilla. At worst, he will be out for the rest of the MX season.

Jason Anderson # 21 – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing (AMA SX / MX)
Injured when? Midweek before MX RND 2

Injured what? Fractured hand and some broken teeth.

Back to Riding Period – The fractured hand should be around 4-6 weeks. The appearance of teeth for dental work can be 6 to 8 weeks, but I am not a dentist. He could wear a mouthguard when he returns to racing.

Next Race Prediction – Best RND8 at Unadilla. At worst, he will be out for the rest of the MX season.

Seth Hammaker # 150 – Monster Energy Pro Kawasaki Circuit (AMA SX / MX)
Injured when? Before Round 2 in Thunder Valley

Injured what? Reports of persistent problems with his health. Seth has had issues with Epstein Barr before and it’s a precautionary measure to manage his workload.

Going Back to Riding Period – At the time of writing this update, Seth was trying to line up for High Point, but that was pushed back to Redbud, but it can still fail. This can be a short or long recovery depending on whether he’s kicked back in the Epstein Barr range of fatigue disease.

Next Race Prediction – Goal for Rnd 4 – Red Bud but as of typing this there has been no update on his status from the team.

Cameron Mcadoo # 31 – Monster Energy Pro Kawasaki Circuit (AMA SX / MX)
Injured when? Round 1 Pala – 5/29/21

Injured what? ACL tear of the knee with avulsion fracture. This is where the ligament tears a piece of bone with it. In this case outside the tibial plateau.

Return to the riding period – minimum 5 months.

Next race prediction – not until the 2022 supercross and possibly the 250 hill starting second.


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