Every time we throw our leg over a bike, we fully understand the consequences on what could happen. Many people that don’t understand the sport question why we do so, when such risks are out there. However, we wear all the protective gear, we throw our leg over, and we give that bike a kick to hear that motor purring away. It’s a rush, and there’s no doubt about it. The thoughts about what could happen instantly vanish as soon as those tires hit the track, and we nail that first rut perfectly. As fun as it may be, unfortunately, things can go wrong without a moment’s notice, and the same happened to Bryce Vallee at our Muscle Milk TWMX Race Series at Pala Raceway on April 1st, 2012.
After taking the overall win in the 450 Pro class, Vallee had his sights set on the win in the Pro Open class. When he grabbed the holeshot in the second moto, things seemed to be lining up for him as he effortlessly navigated his way around the first few corners. Things quickly went wrong, though, and he found himself on the ground between two jumps. Although there were flags waving to caution the other riders, it was too late as the race was just underway, and the pack was still all bunched together. As a result, Bryce suffered from multiple injuries.
Bryce had been using the Muscle Milk TWMX Race Series as a way to prepare himself for the upcoming Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship Series, which begins at Hangtown MX in a few weeks, and it’s unfortunate that now he’s going to have a long road to recovery ahead of him. As we all may or may not know, insurance only covers so much of medical costs, and himself, as well as his family, are going to need as much help as they can get to make it through this time. Bryce is a rider and friend that is always there to help anyone out without asking for anything in return, and now, it’s our turn to return the favor.
If you would like to make a donation to help support Bryce and his family, click here.
As for everyone from the TWMX staff, get well soon, B-Val!
In order to keep everyone updated on the status of Bryce, we contacted his dad, Mike, to see how everything is going…
What is the update on Bryce’s condition?
Well, there’s a full newsletter that’s on www.BryceValleeMX.com under the newsletter tab, and that provides all the information on what happened, and where he is at now. As we speak right now, he had to go in for a quick, hopefully quick, abdominal surgery to clean out some of the blood and bile, and to take a look inside. If everything goes according to plan, it should just be a two hour surgery. When that is done, his body should be able to concentrate on healing his femurs, clavicle, pelvis, elbow, and scaphoid.
Has he been conscious during all of this?
He’s been in and out of conscious because of all the pain that he is enduring. The last two nights have been really rough for him. There has been a lot of pain, and he’s under tremendous amounts of pain medication. The good news is, there doesn’t appear to be any brain or spinal cord injuries. So, the most concerning part are the liver and the kidneys. If we can make sure those are good, everything thing else is just a matter of time and healing. His vitals are strong, his blood pressure is good, his pulse is good, and his temperature is good.
How has the support been for you guys?
The support has been tremendous. I mean, the only silver lining with the whole thing is finding out how many people want to help him out, and finding out how much he has touched so many people.
Bryce has always been the guy that has been there first to lend out his hand to help someone, and it’s pretty cool to see everyone coming together to help him out.
Yeah, I think it’s very touching. Our families are touched: his mom, Sheryl, and stepdad, Waco, me, my wife, Becky, and his girlfriend, Alissa.
And there’s going to be a ride day out at Milestone MX this Saturday, April 7th, to help benefit Bryce, correct?
Yeah. You never want to be the beneficiary of a ride day, because that usually means something bad has happened, but it is very touching to see his mechanic, Chase Lock from Milestone, Troy Lee, his sponsors, and all of his friends come together like this to show that they care. Unfortunately, he won’t be able to be there, but hopefully there will be some video of people giving him some get well wishes, so that we can show him later.
Is there a place where people can go to stay updated and donate?
Yes, you can go to his website www.BryceValleeMX.com, and that will have all the information and updates. You can also go to his Facebook page.