Motorcycle road racing is an infinitely exciting sport, and it’s obviously no secret that road racers compete in a perilous profession. Crashes are inherent and ubiquitous, but the use of top-quality safety equipment helps tremendously in mitigating serious injury.
In the MotoAmerica Series, on occasion, our riders will suffer an injury while training. This summer, three of the Series younger riders have been injured in training crashes, and we want to take the time to mention those riders and also wish them all a speed recovery.
Just prior to the MotoAmerica Championship of Monterey at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, we received word that Liqui Moly Junior Cup rider Sam Lochoff had sustained a fractured femur while participating at a track day near his home in Florida. We spoke to Barry Gilsenan, one of the principals of the Celtic HSBK Racing team for which Lochoff races, and he informed us that, while a fractured femur is never good, the surgery to repair the injury went well for Lochoff, and the 17 year old is well on his way to recovery. News of his return to the Series will be announced at a later time.
One of the feel-good stories of the MotoAmerica Championship of Monterey was the return of Texas racer Kaleb De Keyrel to MotoAmerica after a couple of years away from the series. De Keyrel competed in the Twins Cup class at Laguna Seca, and despite some struggles in qualifying, he put it all together when it counted and won Sunday’s race with a dominant performance. He was set to continue racing his 1833CJKnows/Roaring Toyz Yamaha throughout the remainder of the MotoAmerica season, but unfortunately, the 22 year old was seriously injured in a crash during this past weekend’s AFM race event at Thunderhill Raceway Park. De Keyrel fractured a femur and his sacrum, and he had surgery on Monday. Like Lochoff, the surgery went well, but it’s too early to tell when De Keyrel will return to the MotoAmerica series.
Uribe Racing’s Jayson Uribe has been the lone Honda rider competing in the EBC Brakes Superbike Series, and he’s had two eighth-place finishes and a top-ten result in the four races he’s competed in this season. Uribe was caught up in the same crash that took out KWR Ducati rider Kyle Wyman in Superbike race one at Laguna Seca, and while Wyman unfortunately broke his wrist, Uribe was unhurt. Luck wasn’t with him this past weekend, however, when the 20 year old highsided his Honda in a qualifying session during the AFM event at Thunderhill Raceway Park.
Uribe suffered bone and soft-tissue damage to his arm and elbow in the crash and had to be medflighted to the hospital where he underwent surgery. Like Lochoff and De Keyrel, Uribe is now on the mend, and we await news of his return to the MotoAmerica series.
From all of us at MotoAmerica, get well soon, Sam, Kaleb, and Jayson.
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