Yesterday morning while getting in a routine moto, Ross Maeda crashed and suffered paralyzing injuries. He broke/displaced three vertebrae in his lower back and underwent a seven-hour surgery last night to repair the damage. He also suffered a collapsed lung, broken collarbone, and a severe concussion among other injuries. Only time will tell if he will ever be able to walk again. For those who may be unfamiliar with Ross, he is the owner of Enzo Racing and is widely considered the king of motocross suspension. More importantly, he is, and has been, an inspiration and mentor to everyone of us in the motocross industry including his brother, our Editor-in-Chief, Donn.
From Donn’s blog:
My big brother Ross has been my hero since I was a little kid, and I've idolized him for as long as I can remember. He is the reason I started riding motocross bikes, he is the one who sparked my interest in photography, he taught me how to ride and race, and he is the person I bounce magazine ideas off of when I need a second opinion.
Yesterday, Rossi crashed and suffered paralyzing injuries. He broke/displaced three vertebrae in his lower back and underwent a seven-hour surgery to repair the damage. Only time will tell if he will ever be able to walk again. Ross is a bad ass, though, and I know that if anyone can bounce back from this, it's him.
To say that I am devastated would be an understatement. I've always said that Ross is my guideline as to how long I will be able to be the Editor of TransWorld Motocross. At 54, he still hauls ass on a mx track and has been a source of inspiration for me. "If Rossi can still rip at 54, I want to, also," I'd think. I don't want to be the editor of this magazine any longer when I can't get around the track at a decent clip, so that's why I've always looked to Ross for a time estimate. Now…I don't know.
Ross is a fighter, and I know that he will get through this. All we can do is stay positive, think good thoughts, and keep him in our prayers. Think a good thought about my big brother for me, will you?
Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers. We are all pushing for him, and are trying to stay as positive as he is.