Ever since Jeremy McGrath dislocated his hip during pre-season testing, there’d been plenty of rumors and speculation about his condition. One rumor (thankfully false) had him suffering a Bo Jackson-style career-ending injury.
We’d spotted MC during various phases of recovery (including the dreaded crutches stage), so we were plenty happy to see him back on his bike at the Spy Ride Day at Lake Elsinore Motocross Park. He was out putting in some easy laps, and having fun with friends like Ryan Hughes and Victor Sheldon.
TWMX: So your first day back riding…how’s the hip feeling?
MC: “It feels really good. The hardest part is trying to restrain myself from going hard. Like when Ryno comes around, I’m having a tough time letting him go. I want to battle and ride with him, but it’s in my best interest to probably not do that for now. I’m having fun.”
TWMX: What do the doctors say as far as when you can step it up in intensity on the motorcycle?
MC: “I’ve got an MRI tomorrow, and we’ll know after that. I’m not exactly sure. My doctor didn’t really say go riding, but he said I could push hard now and I’m just letting pain be my guide. If I’m hurting then I’m not going to ride. I feel good. I just want to make sure I don’t go down or anything.
“My next race is scheduled for Italy on November 16th. That will be the two-month mark, which is plenty of time to recover. It seems like it’s been forever, but it’s only been a month and a couple days. So for that short amount of time, I don’t feel bad at all.
“I’ve just got to get used to riding a little bit more. My training’s good. I’m not worried about that. I’ll be in shape. I just want to ride a little more, and hopefully I’ll get a chance to do that. I’m not going to be able to ride supercross tracks for probably another week at least.”
Look for an in-depth interview with MC in the January 2003 issue of TransWorld Motocross.