LANGSTON, MUSQUIN, AND MORE: THE INS AND OUTS OF PRO MOTOCROSS
The tenth round of the 2021 Pro Motocross season has been bit of a weird one as multiple factory riders are missing from the ranks even including one of our favorite voices of the sport, Grant Langston. If you clicked on the article, you’re probably wondering where did everyone go with only a few rounds left in the season. Hopefully we can provide some insight as to where everyone is.
GRANT LANGSTON LEAVES PRO MOTOCROSS
You might be saying to yourself if you woke up early enough to watch qualifying this morning, ” What happened to Grant Langston?” It came as a shocker to many that we would no longer be hearing the fun and experienced voice of Grant Langston as he made the decision to leave the sport. After testing negative for Covid-19, Grant would still be required to get the vaccine in order to announce the tenth round of the season. Grant had decided that getting the vaccine would not be on his plans and that ultimately, neither would the continuation of his announcing. Now, it appears that Jeff Emig has taken the announcing role once again and we have yet to find out if this is a permanent position or just a temporary one. We’re gonna miss you Grant.
MARVIN MUSQUIN OUT FOR IRONMAN | POSITIVE COVID-19
Originally reported to RacerX via Roger Decoster, it became announced that the reason Marvin Musquin was out of Ironman was because of a positive Covid-19 test. Unfortunately, it seemed like Marvin had ignited the fire once again with a late-season charge as he had been doing reasonably well at the recent rounds. Get well Marv.
MAX ANSTIE OUT FOR IRONMAN | POSITIVE COVID-19
Unfortunately, Marvin wasn’t the only one who caught Covid. Max Anstie of H.E.P Twisted Tea Suzuki also became positive for Covid and will be sitting out for the tenth round of the season.
THE INJURY LIST: IT’S LONG, LIKE, REALLY LONG
Dean Wilson has been racing through the Epstein-Barr Virus, which exhibits itself as extreme fatigue, but he will not be in Crawfordsville tomorrow because, the virus has won the battle over Dean’s effort to help the short-handed Husqvarna team, that lost both Jason Anderson and Zach Osborne to injuries. Dean says that he isn’t getting better and needs to take time off to rest.
MXA saw Justin Barcia riding at Glen Helen this past Tuesday, but he was obviously taking it easy. Barcia suffered a concussion two weeks ago and had to miss Budds Creek and will not be racing Crawfordsville this week.
Garrett Marchbanks will not be at Crawsfordville this weekend either after suffer from complications after arm pump surgery. He is expected to return to Pala on September 4.
Seth Hammaker crashed twice last week at Budds Creek and the second crash forced him to sit out the second moto. He will miss the 2021 Ironman National in Indiana, and will be re-evaluated weekly.
Christian Craig is not on the line at Crawfordsville because of injuries suffered in last week’s Budds Creek Crash. When you add 450 riders Anstie, Musquin, Barcia, Wilson, and Craig to previously injured Adam Cianciarulo, Zach Osborne and Jason Anderson, you have a seriously depleted 450 field.
Freddie Noren has a broken hand and is hoping to make a return and one of the last rounds.
Alex Martin posted via instagram: “Whelp, it’s been that kind of year. Had a small crash at Unadilla in the 2nd moto last weekend and reinjured the wrist I hurt in Supercross. I’ve been working very hard to come back from numerous injury’s this year, but the reality is I’ve missed a lot of seat time and have been more focused on rehab and physical therapy this summer than actual training and riding. It’s a tough decision as I want to be at the races doing what I love and representing my sponsors, but at this point I’ve decided to be done racing for the summer and let all of my injuries heal properly. Thanks to everyone that supported us this year!”
Pierce Brown posted via instagram: “Little update for you guys: had a crash last weekend at Unadilla that cost me a fractured collarbone and a concussion. Bummed, but it’s the way things go sometimes. My main goal now is to get back to 100%. Big thanks to the people around me for still believing and supporting me.”
Colt Nichols will also miss Budds Creek. He posted via instagram: “UPDATE — I gave riding another shot this week. but my shoulder just simply is not where it needs to be yet for Budds Creek. As soon as the strength is back to be competitive I’ll be back out there, hopefully sooner than later”
Adam Cianciarulo has struggled with a nerve issue in his arm. Originally he planned to get it fixed when the 2021 Pro Motocross season was over, but after Spring Creek, he decided to go under the knife to get it fixed and he will miss the remainder of the season.
Zach Osborne re-aggravated the back injury he sustained while training during the Supercross season at the Thunder Valley National and he is out for the summer.
A bad get-off in practice resulted in a broken hand for Anderson. It is uncertain when or if Jason will be back.
Phil Nicoletti recently had a full ACL reconstruction in his knee. He is out for the season.
Cameron McAdoo was decommissioned after a very unfortunate crash during the second moto at Fox Raceway, fracturing the top of his tibia and pulling his ACL. Cameron has already had surgery and begun the healing and therapy process. He’s out for the season.