SoBe Suzuki must have been thinking their season couldn't get any worse after two of their three Supercross riders were sidelined with long-term injuries in the first few rounds of the AMA series, but yesterday [Saturday] things got even worse...

During practice at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, sole 250cc Suzuki representative Stephane Roncada, who's been racing despite being diagnosed with the stamina sapping Epstein-Barr virus, 'cased' a triple - breaking the tibia and fibula in his left leg - ouch. The Frenchman will now be out for around six weeks.

Team Manager Roger DeCoster has therefore been left rider-less and will need to hastily promote, or sign, someone to fill the void now left on the premier class RMs.

Last season Sean Hamblin, then a complete unknown, was selected by DeCoster to do just that in the AMA Outdoor Nationals - and proved a revelation.