SmarTop/MotoConcepts/Honda rider Justin Brayton has released an update on his health after a crash and resulting concussion on the opening lap of the 450 main event at the 2017 Arlington SX. Brayton hung close to the inside line of the first turn through the start of the race, but seemed to drag the bike over the lip of the first obstacle in the first rhythm section. This sent him off course and into the path of Justin Bogle, who hit Brayton’s head with the front-end of his RCH/Yoshimura/Suzuki. Brayton was knocked out instantly and a red flag was required in order for the Alpinestars Mobile Medical staff to tend to the downed rider.
The crash takes place in the first twenty seconds of the GoPro onboard footage from Davi Millsaps.
On Monday evening, Brayton posted a simple update on his Instagram account stating that the incident was the first time he’d been knocked out and that aside from a short headache he feels fine. Per the concussion protocol of the series, Brayton will need to be re-evaluated by doctors before being allowed to compete again. This is the second concussion that Brayton has suffered in the last twelve months, because a hit to the head at the first moto of the 2016 Spring Creek MX National sent him to the sidelines for the final leg of the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.
After slamming my head into @justinbogle19 front wheel/fork in the first turn Saturday night, I decided to take a short nap on the track and regroup, haha. I’m very thankful to be ok from this crash, seems like it could’ve been a lot worse. It’s the first time I’ve ever been knocked unconscious, which was kinda scary. I felt totally fine other than a small headache just hours after the crash and waking up Sunday morning I never would’ve thought I was knocked out only twelve hours earlier. I’m going through the concussion protocol now and will keep everyone posted on when my return to racing will be. Thanks for all the positive messages👍