Update on the condition, recovery and status of Shaun’s latest injury and projected comeback plans for the season
Shaun sampled an MXGP racing comeback that lasted mere seconds at the Grand Prix of Lombardia. The Scot had missed three rounds of the 2017 MXGP term due to a broken metacarpal bone in his left hand after striking a support cable off-track at Kegums in Latvia and only returned to the fray at Ottobiano last weekend. The Indonesian Grand Prix winner was hit from the YZ450F on the first corner of the Qualification Heat in Italy and sustained a broken radius in two places, just below the elbow and just above the wrist.
The luckless 29 year old was operated on Sunday back in Belgium and now has more metal in his left limb. “After the initial observations and x-rays in Italy at the hospital it was confirmed that I had broken my Radius and Ulna bones in my arm,” he said. “I also had a hairline fracture in my elbow, the same as [Tony] Cairoli had in 2015.”
“I went in to surgery at 13:30 on Sunday where Dr De Schrijver checked my elbow and confirmed that no surgery was needed. He then surgically repaired my radius bone with a plate and eight screws. I recovered on Sunday evening and stayed overnight for observations. On Monday morning they replaced my plaster cast and took more X-rays. I checked over the X-rays with [renowned physician] Dr Claes this time and he said that everything looked as good as could be.”
The former multi British Champion will face three weeks with his arm in a cast and the same time frame undergoing physio. If the bones heal well then he can consider riding the Wilvo machine in just under eight weeks from the time of the accident.
Simpson won the inaugural MXGP event at Assen in 2015 and won the first moto at the same event in 2016. The Dutch Grand Prix takes place on September 9-10, only three weeks before the 2017 Motocross of Nations at Matterley Basin in the UK and where the Team Great Britain will carry a considerable spotlight. Injuries have ravaged the seasons of both Simpson and MXGP countryman Tommy Searle, although the latter should make his first GP appearance after the small summer hiatus.
Pic by Ray Archer