Yates Returns, Young Out for VIR

August 11, 2010
Bart Madson
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Suzuki will see one of two top GSX-R riders return to American SuperBike action this weekend at Virginia International Raceway. Jordan Suzuki rider Aaron Yates makes his return from a broken leg suffered early in the season at Fontana. Yoshimura Suzuki rider Blake Young, on the other hand, has pushed back his expected return from a back injury and will not race at VIR.

Back for 2010 for the MJM Team  Aaron Yates finished fourth in the first AMA American Superbike race in Daytona.
Jordan Suzuki’s Aaron Yates gets back in the saddle at VIR, with the Georgia native having broken his leg at Fontana.

Yates, who won a 2008 Superstock Championship for the Jordan team, was a front-running contender in American SuperBike before his injury. The Georgia native will look to get back to his pre-injury form, which saw him scoring pole position in the opening rounds at Daytona and Fontana.

“I’m excited about riding and really looking forward to getting back out there,” said Yates via Suzuki press release. “It’s been a while and I’ve been getting a little bit bored sitting around the house. I went down to one crutch a couple of weeks ago and have been getting around with no crutches at all for about the last week. I’m feeling pretty good and figured that if I can walk, I can ride. At least I can get out there in practice and see how it goes. It will be good to be out there at VIR with the guys on the team, my sponsors, and my fans.”

As for Young, the Wisconsin rider has opted to let his fractured L-1 vertebrae heal, the injury taking place during crash while testing at Barber Motorsports Park. VIR had been projected as a possible return date, but Young will continue to strengthen his back before racing with the New Jersey round the new goal.

“Lately everything has been going really well, and I’ve been back on the bicycle and in the gym,” Young said a press statement. “For the most part, I’m just getting anxious to get back on the bike. It seems like everyday I go to physical therapy I get to do a little more to test my limits and it has helped me refocus and think a lot about how to come back stronger from this. This is the first injury I’ve had that’s kept me out longer than one race, so it’s helped me really think about what my goals are and what I want to accomplish this year. Coming back, it’s going to be hard because I’m not contending for the championship, but that doesn’t mean we can’t win races and give it our all. I think VIR would be pushing it for a comeback, so I’m looking to New Jersey to be back on track.”

Said Rockstar Makita Suzuki team manager Peter Doyle on Young’s injury and return: “I think it’s one of those injuries that you just have to let heal in its own time… We want Blake back 100% healthy so we can go out there and try to win some races full force. We’ll just have to take it a day at a time.”