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The Emergency Department – 2024 AMA Supercross – San Franciso Rnd 2

Author: David Hogan

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Photo od supercross rider Jett Lawrence at the start of the 2024 Supercross season
Jett Lawrence (18) is making history with some of the things he is achieving in his career so far.

Sometimes an outcome is obvious before you start. Other times you’re surprised at what you just saw. Jett Lawrence gave us a little of both on the opening night of the 2024 Supercross. Everyone watching was able to witness what might turn out to be two feats of history.

One happened there and then when he won his first Supercross race in the 450 class. The other might not be for a few years but it started on that Saturday night in Anaheim in this new year of 2024. That might be the night you look back on and say I witnessed the start of the 450 class-winning run of Jett Lawrence.

Now don’t get caught up in chat of people indicating that it wasn’t really his first 450 race and he is not a rookie. By definition, a rookie is someone who is doing something for the first time. Supercross is not Motocross and to confuse you SuperMotocross is not Supercross. So by their own doing. The people have confirmed this is Jett’s first race on a 450 at an AMA Supercross round and he won it! No arguments there!

Now Jett Lawrence is making history with some of the things he is achieving in his career so far. But I realised that in many cases records are broken. But for Jett. for at least two of his accomplishments. They can’t be beaten. Only equalled and therefore he will always be spoken about with the greats of every generation of the sport. Past, present and future. Nobody can beat him for the number of starts to your first win. They can equal, but not beat. Nobody can beat a perfect Motocross season. They can equal, but not beat. Let those thoughts settle in for a minute because even someone as amazing as Usain Bolt and his world record 100m sprint time. A some point. It might take a few years. But at some point, there is a chance his record will be broken. But for Jett Lawrence, those two feats can only be equalled. Not surpassed.

Only the injury front at Anaheim One. It was a busy night. A night that again highlighted the need for an improved concussion identification program. Hunter Lawrence, Freddie Noren and Cooper Webb all had incidents throughout the night that left them hitting their head, and face of some part of the skull on the ground. For Hunter and Freddie that was evident with some facial bruising following the impacts. Cooper looked a bit dazed as he returned to his motorcycle before continuing in the main event. 

Cooper Webb had a nasty-looking over the bars crash but will be fine for round two.

These 3 incidents are a cause for concern and a chance for improvement in the management of concussion and our rider’s health and safety. I don’t feel we need to remove them from the track mid-race in many circumstances. Some we may need to. However, a post-race follow-up within a designated time window to ensure they are clear of concussion symptoms for these more obvious head-impacting crash scenarios would be a great addition to the AMA concussion protocol.

With Round Two on the horizon and the weather is also reported to be as well. It will be interesting to see if a Muddy race day with slower speeds reduces the number of injuries we are reporting on next week. Because this week’s update below is not a sustainable number to have a decent field come round 12 and beyond.

Remember to stay updated on all the injury news via our social feeds @always.moto on Instagram. Check out more in-depth conversations on all the injuries in our sport on the AlwaysMoto podcast on your favourite podcast player or our YouTube channel.

See you next round Moto fans.

#injuriesareapartofmoto

This list has who we know has an injury. What that injury is and when we expect them back at the races. Maybe some extras if you’re lucky!

If we have missed a rider or got an injury update wrong let us know. info@alwaysmoto.com

The Emergency Department List

Nate Thrasher #57 – Star Racing Yamaha

Injured When? Main event at Anaheim 1

Injured What? Unspecified Shoulder/upper arm injury

Return to Riding Timeframe – As per the team PR this week Nate has already returned to riding and will be racing round two this weekend in San Francisco.

Next race prediction – Round 2 – San Francisco

Logan Karnow #169 – Only Fans Kawasaki

Injured When? Heat race at Anaheim 1

Injured What? Left Lower leg injury. Logan has yet to get confirmation on the diagnosis when we checked in with him. More on this in the coming weeks.

Return to Riding Timeframe – Unclear at this time

Next race prediction – Unclear at this time

Carter Stephenson #824 – Privateer Kawasaki

Injured When? Qualifying at Anaheim 1

Injured What? Unspecified low back and neck sprain complicated during qualifying from a crash on Thursday before A1 whilst practising.

Return to Riding Timeframe – Carter confirmed with us he is already riding this week.

Next race prediction – Round 2 – San Francisco

Travis Olander #275 – Privateer Kawasaki

Injured When? Qualifying at Anaheim 1

Injured What? Hematoma on his sternum

Return to Riding Timeframe – 1-3wks pending swelling going down

Next race prediction – Round 3 or 4 of SX

Lux Turner #473 – AEO Powersports KTM

Injured When? Main event at Anaheim 1

Injured What? Hip and pelvic fracture

Return to Riding Timeframe – 8-12 weeks pending location and severity of the fractures.

Next race prediction – Unclear. Likely out for Supercross.

Vince Friese #125 – Motoconcepts Honda

Injured When? Main event at Anaheim 1

Injured What? Unspecified Shoulder/upper arm injury

Return to Riding Timeframe – unclear, likely 2-4wks but could be on the gate this weekend also.

Next race prediction – Unclear at this time.

Colt Nichols #45 – Beta USA

Injured When? December 2024

Injured What? Unspecified Shoulder Injury

Return to Riding Timeframe – Unclear at this time

Next race prediction – Unclear at this time

Bobby Piazza #637 – Privateer

Injured When? October 2023

Injured What? Achilles tear

Return to Riding Timeframe – 5+months

Next race prediction – Unclear at this time

Richard Taylor #141 – Privateer

Injured When? November 2023

Injured What? Femur Fracture

Return to Riding Timeframe – 5+months

Next race prediction – Unclear at this time

Grant Harlan #23 – Rock River Yamaha

Injured When? MXoN in October 2023

Injured What? Pelvis fracture

Return to Riding Timeframe – Back on the bike in late December 

Next race prediction – Arlington for Rnd 7

Jonah Geistler #115 – Privateer

Injured When? October 2023

Injured What? Left Wrist fracture, right elbow fracture, right index finger fracture

Return to Riding Timeframe – 3 months

Next race prediction – Arlington for Rnd 7

Derek Kelley #53 – AEO Power Sports KTM Racing

Injured When? November 2023

Injured What? Right Radius and Ulnar fracture

Return to Riding Timeframe – 6-10wks

Next race prediction – Glendale for Rnd 6

Chris Prebula – #995 Privateer

Injured When? December 2023

Injured What? Multiple spinal fractures, right collarbone and right rib fractures

Return to Riding Timeframe – Unclear

Next race prediction – Unclear at this time.

Dylan Schwartz #40 – BarX Suzuki

Injured When? Details are limited here

Injured What? Possible AC joint sprain

Return to Riding Timeframe – Unclear

Next race prediction – Unclear

Leo Tucker #334 – BarX Suzuki

Injured When? Details are limited here

Injured What? Details are limited here

Return to Riding Timeframe – Unclear

Next race prediction – Unclear

Stilez Robertson #61 – Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha

Injured When? December 2023

Injured What? Left Wrist fracture

Return to Riding Timeframe – Unclear

Next race prediction – Unclear at this time

Ty Masterpool #81 – HBI Kawasaki

Injured When? Ongoing issue 

Injured What? Ankle – Overuse injury

Return to Riding Timeframe – 6-8wks

Next race prediction – Rnd 3 or 4.

Aaron Tanti #109 – Team PRMX Kawasaki

Injured When? December 2023

Injured What? Shoulder

Return to Riding Timeframe – unclear – pending medical reviews

Next race prediction – Unclear at this time.

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