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Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Blake Young is hoping to return to racing next weekend at Round 9 of the AMA American Superbike series set for the New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, NJ, Sept. 3-5.

Young has been absent from the series since mid-June after sustaining an injury during a test session in Alabama.

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Young fractured his L-1 vertebrae during the incident, and he has been in a soft body cast since then. After two months of physical therapy, exercise, and his doctor’s recent go-ahead, Young is planning to race next weekend in New Jersey.

He’ll first be testing his Rockstar Makita Suzuki GSX-R1000 in the middle of next week at the New Jersey facility to ensure he is physically prepared to return to the series.

Peter Doyle (team manager) says: “We want Blake back on the bike and out on the track, but we want him to be 100 percent ready. After the test, if Blake feels comfortable out there, we’ll plan to be on the starting grid in New Jersey.”

Young scored the first wins of his SuperBike career this year at Road Atlanta, and he was hoping to carry that momentum throughout the season. Despite being sidelined for three rounds of the series, Young is still focused on winning aboard his GSX-R1000.

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Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling.

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