Tony Cairoli has given an injury update following his crash in Frauenfeld at the MXGP of Switzerland.

There was initial concern that the nine-time world champion would not be able to participate at this weekend’s Motocross World Championship round in Bulgaria. With the legendary Italian 58 points behind in the standings from Red Bull KTM teammate, Jeffrey Herlings, it was the last thing he needed.

But Cairoli has received a fitness boost following a medical checkup today.


“Knee update: Good news, nothing is broken and we will be riding next weekend in Bulgaria,” he wrote in his post. “Stretched PCL with fluid between the joint. Some days of rest and we will be ready to race again.”

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Cairoli had been pushing hard and had worked his way up into third place in the opening MXGP moto in Switzerland when he stalled the bike which caused him to endo and crash on the downside of the jump.

Although he remounted quickly to finish the moto in eighth place, he knew very quickly something wasn’t right. “I passed some guys, reached Febvre and then Desalle and arrived a little bit too fast in one section and I stalled the bike,” he said post-race. “I went over the bars and felt something immediately with my knee. It felt weird and my handlebar was bent and my front brake was broken. It was difficult to keep the rhythm after that.

“I had some ice in the break and the knee was not 100 per cent and I didn’t know what to expect in the second moto. The start was okay and I could run with the guys in front for 20 minutes but then became a bit tired because I was riding in a strange position.”

MXGP riders are back in action this weekend, August 25/26, at the MXGP of Bulgaria – Sevlievo.