Kick (starting) It In Oakland

Honda Muscle Milk’s Trey Canard had what he described as an “off day” at Oakland, but was able to turn it around in the main event. “I don’t know, I just wasn’t feeling it all day,” he said. “Even in the main, where we got a relatively good result with fourth, I still don’t feel like I rode that well.” Canard was held up in the massive turn-two pileup, then crashed again several laps later, but still caught up to fourth at the finish.

Trey Canard debuted a new set of orange Fly Racing riding gear at Oakland. Because they are early versions of the pant, the white leather dye in the knees was rubbing off on his machine. “It’s crazy,” said Canard’s long-time mechanic Brent Presnell. “I found some white marks up on the fork tunes! That’s when you know he’s feeling it; scrubbing like a mad man!”

One of the first riders we checked in with in Oakland was Honda Muscle Milk’s Justin Barcia. Last weekend in Anaheim, Silky cased a big triple and slammed his face into the handlebars. In obvious pain, he pulled off the track on the next straight and was immediately attended to by the Asterisk medical staff on hand. “I thought I was okay at first, but then I could feel the warm blood just flowing down my face, and my goggles filled up with blood,” he said. “In the end, I just got a cut above my eye and one on my nose, and I broke my nose a little bit.” Barcia was quick to point out that in spite of the horrific impact his ankles and wrists sustained, he was barely even sore the next day. The only top rider to wear a pair of AllSport Dynamics wrist braces for preventative measures, he said, “They were easy to get used to. I don’t know why everyone doesn’t wear them. They saved me again at Anaheim!”

We noticed that Justin Barcia was wearing yet another new version of the Alpinestars Bionic Neck Brace. Made of carbon fiber and boasting all-new padding, the brace was feather light and a huge improvement over the original Bionic Neck Brace.

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