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Running on Fumes

Supercross Injuries Piling Up

Friday, February 12, 2010
Newsflash: Jumping 250-lb motorcycles through the air at high velocities can be hazardous to your health.
Chad Reed and James Stewart came together during the race sending both to the dirt.
Both Reed and Stewart are down and out in the 2010 Supercross title hunt thanks to injuries.

This year’s Supercross season is the latest example. The sport’s two premier riders, James Stewart and Chad Reed, are both sidelined with injuries. Add to injury mix one of the factory Honda riders, Andrew Short, as well as Yamaha rider Josh Grant. West Coast Lites competitor Ryan Morais is another title contending rider to lose significant time to injury. All of this follows a 2009 Motocross campaign where title contenders Ryan Villopoto and Mike Alessi were lost for the season due to injury.

Granted, injury is just part of racing, but is there a more grueling racing schedule than that of AMA Supercross and Motocross?

First, Supercross, a total of 17 rounds, with one measly rest week. Then for most competitors, after a week-long break there’s the outdoor nationals. The Motocross travel schedule is more forgiving, but only slightly so. Riders who compete in both get a brief off-season respite between Sept and January before its back to the grind.

Little wonder that Reed and Stewart have opted to sit out the outdoor seasons in the past. It’s a testament to the fitness of these riders that they can manage to hold their bodies together as well as they can.

Supercross season has already started, but its not too late to sign up for Motorcycle USA's Fantasy Racing. Visit our Fantasy Racing Page to sign up now, with our Motocross fantasy racing game on tap for May.

Post Tags: Supercross Injuries, SX Injuries
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