Yoshimura Suzuki’s Blake Baggett, 2015 AMA Rookie Standout, Injured
Yoshimura Suzuki’s Factory Racing’s Blake Baggett was injured in a crash on Tuesday, December 15, during a Supercross practice session in Corona, Calif.
Baggett was reportedly rushing through a whoop section when he suffered a major incident. With a number of injuries, he will be forced to sit out the start of the 2016 Monster Energy AMA/Supercross season, which gets underway. January 9 at Anaheim, Calif.
Among his injuries, Baggett suffered a broken clavicle, several broken ribs and scapula. With his family by his side, they are still discussing ways to move forward with doctors. Naturally, his goal is return to the saddle as soon as possible but doing so without sacrificing his long term health; before making his return.
“We’re hoping for a quick and full recovery,” said Yoshimura Suzuki Factor Racing’s team manager Mike Webb. “It’s a real shame because he was so far ahead of where he was at this point last year but dealing with injuries is a part of the sport. Blake had worked really hard training for this season, had put on muscle and hours of hard work on the track – it was showing.”
The team’s focus now turns to a solid return for teammate James “Bubba” Stewart. Stewart recently came off the injured list following off-season races in Las Vegas and France but his comeback is going well and it appears he’ll be in fighting shape for the opener of the 2016 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship at Anaheim’s Angel Stadium on Jan. 9, 2016.