Five weeks after a brutal crash in his heat race at the San Diego Supercross, James Marshall is still in a hospital in San Diego, recuperating from his spinal injuries. To help support him, and help raise money for his doctor bills and future care, friends, sponsors, and riders from throughout Southern California gathered at Glen Helen Raceway today.
While rain the night before (and previous weekend) had left the Glen Helen track in pretty rough shape, that didn’t seem to deter a good number of pro and amateur riders from taking to the racing surface, and the track got better throughout the day.
Sales were brisk on raffle tickets and for stickers, t-shirts, and other items up for sale. There were also silent auctions for a variety of rider apparel items from a huge number of riders found in the pro pits. We talked with Rick Johnson, who told us, “I think it’s awesome that the brotherhood and the family of motocross and supercross have come out to support James Marshall like this.”
Rick echoed the sentiments of many when he said, “I think it’s great to see the outpouring of support for this kid. I don’t know him that well, just watched him on the track, but I hate to see this happen to anybody. It happened to my really good friend Bobby Sullivan when I was growing up¿then going through it with David (Bailey).”
Every rider knows (or should know) there are risks involved in riding. We either accept it, or find something else to do if we decide that the risk outweighs the reward. With the recent injuries to James and Ernesto Fonseca, it’s been on the minds of many. But as RJ said before we headed out, “It’s a chance that we take for that high of going fast on a motorcycle.”
For more info on the latest news regarding James, info on eBay auctions, or other ways that you can help out, check out www.helpjames.org