Mitchell Oldenburg’s run of injuries continues, as the Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Factory Racing rider announced that he tore both the ACL and MCL ligaments in his right knee during a practice crash on Monday, which required surgery to repair the damage. This comes just after Oldenburg was able to resume riding after healing from the arm and shoulder injuries that caused him to miss the middle rounds of the 250 West Coast region championship. Since the recovery for most knee surgeries is roughly two to three months, it’s uncertain when-if Oldenburg will be able to line up for the 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. One bright spot for Oldenburg is that he has one more year in his current contract with the team, as the deal runs through 2019.
It will be interesting to see what the Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Factory Racing team does with the open bikes under their awning, as Aaron Plessinger and Justin Cooper are the only two active riders in the original five-man roster. Dylan Ferrandis is currently recovering from an arm injury and is expected to be back on a bike soon, hopefully for Hangtown, but it’s uncertain when Colt Nichols will be fully healed from his own arm injury and Oldenburg faces a long recovery. The team brought French racer Thomas Ramette to finish out the 250 East Coast region for them in Supercross and he has spent multiple days on outdoor tracks with the team, but there have been no indications that he could stay for the summer months.
Tough pill to swallow.. it's been a rough couple of years to say the least.. Had a practice crash last Monday which resulted in a torn ACL and MCL.. Doing everything I can to get back to 100%! Can't thank my team enough for sticking behind me and being supportive in this tough time! Tough times don't last, but tough people do!💪🏻 @starracingyamaha