Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's pre-race press release for the 2017 Unadilla MX, round ten of the 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, confirmed news we expected to hear regarding Austin Forkner and Justin Hill. The two riders will again be on the sidelines this weekend as they deal with injuries from crashes that occurred around the 2017 Spring Creek MX a few weeks back. With this news, Joey Savatgy and Adam Cianciarulo will be the only two bikes on the track for the team.
We learned at Spring Creek that Forkner is out due to a concussion he suffered in a practice crash and that it's unlikely he will return to competition at all this summer. The second-year pro suffered one other hit to the head that we know about this summer, during a practice day at Pala Raceway just before the 2017 Glen Helen MX. Forkner is currently in the middle of a multi-year deal with the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team.
Hill's current issue, a wrist injury, occurred during timed qualifying at the Spring Creek when he mistimed a jump and landed with most of the force going to his arms. Unable to properly move his wrist, he sat out the day's motos in Minnesota but attempted to race one week later at Washougal before ultimately withdrawing just before the first moto. Hill claimed the 250 West Coast SX title in the 2017 Monster Energy Supercross Series and has made it clear that he would like to be on a 450 for 2018, but we have heard it's likely he will return to Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki to defend his championship instead.