2011 AMA Supercross
Muscle Milk/Toyota/JGRMX Team rider Justin Brayton will not race round 15 of the AMA Supercross Championship this Saturday, April 16 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Wash.
Brayton sustained an injury to his lower back two weeks ago racing at Cowboys Stadium Supercross in Dallas.
An initial evaluation that night at the Asterisk Mobile Medical Unit led to Brayton being transported to Baylor Hospital to be checked for possible compressed vertebrae. He was scanned and released after the doctors confirmed no skeletal damage, and he was told that Supercross riding would not cause further injury, but would be extremely painful.
Brayton was determined to race last weekend in St. Louis Supercross. St. Louis is the closest track to Brayton’s home in Iowa, and he had a large group of friends and family on-hand to watch him race. He tried his best to ride, but the pain was too severe and he was only able to log a few laps of the first practice before calling it a day.
With further guidance from the Asterisk Mobile Medical Unit staff, Brayton went to another physician and while there is no skeletal injury, he was diagnosed with four sprained lower vertebrae. He has engaged in a therapy program and hopes to race on April 30 at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah, the next round after Seattle.
Brayton’s teammate Davi Millsaps will race in Seattle. The original television broadcast from Qwest Field will air live on SPEED starting at 10:30 p.m. (EST).