Rides and Injuries

Blake Baggett has been putting in countless hours training and conditioning for Monster Energy Supercross 2016. He is quoted saying he was in the best shape of his life and even added quite a bit of muscle during this off season. Unfortunately, Yoshimura Suzuki had to announce this week he will be missing the opening rounds due to injury. Listed through Transworld Motocross, he is known to have broken ribs, collarbone, and scapula. Currently he is working with doctors to put together a regimen that will allow him to come back quickly, but not before he is 100% healed. While this is extremely disappointing for the team, they have no doubt he will be back quickly given his better shape than this time last year.
   Baggett is not the only rider suffering from devastating injuries. Kyle Partridge, of Cycle Trader Yamaha, crashed during practice as well breaking several cervical vertebrae. He underwent surgery to repair the damage, and says he is working to figure out what is next. For at least the next 3 months, he will be in a neck brace and sporting a brand new scar to his jugular.
   While Kyle’s injury is horrific, something truly touching happened. His sister put together a GoFundMe campaign to help combat the costs of the surgery. In just 6 days, the Motocross industry/family, helped raise $18,000 of the $30,000 goal. He said, “…  it makes me feel as though even though I’m the “little guy” in this huge sport of Supercross I did something big in my career.”
   It wasn’t bad news for everyone this week. On Instagram, Tommy Hahn posted a picture of a new Cycle Trader Yamaha saying, “My 20’s have treated me well, I can’t wait to see what my 30’s have in store.” Just a few days prior he had posted a picture with his brother Wil riding a Honda. The new ride is great news for the Murrieta local.
   With only 3 weeks left until the Anaheim opener, who are your blind picks to take the titles this year? Will Roczen take the win at the opener for the third year in a row? Can Weston Peick come in and take over like it was expected he would do last year?

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