More than a few riders suffered injuries on Saturday, including TLD's Travis Baker, who received a concussion after a practice crash. Baker and teammate Cole Seely both sat out the event with injury, leaving the TLD rig quiet for the entire day. Nick Paluzzi joined the long list of riders after he broke his shoulder in the final practice of the day.
Cole Seely went over the bars during the day's untimed practice session, and the situation turned dramatic quickly. Seely complained about abdominal issues early and headed to the local hospital for further evaluation, but upon arrival it was revealed that he had lacerated his kidney in the accident. Doctors feared that the kidney would be lost and kept Seely overnight for further evaluation.
Nico Izzi clocked the third fastest time of the first 450 qualifier, but his day came to a quick end after he cased a massive triple. Izzi slammed his face into the his handlebars upon impact, which broke his nose and injured his lip as well. Unable to breathe or get the bleeding to stop, he withdrew from the event.
The red is a nice change of pace...
Billy Laninovich's grip wraps are different than the run-of-the-mill covers anyone can order. "Lano" raced to a seventh place main event finish.
Josh Grant and Unit Clothing are stoked on their new found partnership, and both have mentioned it as much as possible. We have said it before, but look for big things from the Australian brand in the coming months as they grow stateside.
Ryan Dungey's autograph line was once again the longest in the pits. If you are one of the many hoping for a signature or picture, be sure to swing by the rig early as the tickets required go quickly.
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