The AutoTrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing team have issued a press release on the knee injury Kyle Peters sustained at the 2018 Minneapolis Supercross. Peters fell on the ice outside the stadium just before the final timed qualifying session and injured his knee. When we talked to Peters and 250 Team Manager Buddy Antunez before the night show, they said that they weren't sure of the full extent of the damage and feared a ligament was torn, but that Peters was going to try to race the first Main Event. Unfortunately, Peters pulled off almost immediately in the first race and sat out the rest of the night.
In the press release, the team said that Peters underwent a full evaluation in the days following the race and it was determined that both the ACL and MCL in his left knee. Despite this injury, Peters plans to line up this weekend at the 2018 Foxborough Supercross and how he feels will determine if he’ll line up for the final two rounds of the 250 East Coast region in the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross Series. After Las Vegas, Peters will undergo surgery to repair the damage.
This is a terrible situation for Peters, as he was just tapped by the team to race the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship on the factory 250 while Jimmy Decotis recovers from his own injury.
The full press release from the team is posted below…
Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team rider Kyle Peters suffered an unfortunate crash in the snowy conditions outside the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN this past weekend. The Greensboro, NC, native injured his knee and was unable to compete in round 14 of the 2018 Monster Energy AMA Supercross series. Peters traveled back to the JGRMX headquarters in Huntersville, NC on Sunday for evaluation. It was determined that the Suzuki RM-Z250 rider tore the ACL and MCL in his left knee.
Currently sixth in the 250 East Championship point standings, Peters will attempt to race the penultimate round of the series this weekend in Foxborough, Mass. Depending on how he's feeling, Peters will also contest the Las Vegas Supercross finale before undergoing surgery to repair the ligament.
Peters stated, "I'm extremely disappointed about the unfortunate accident that happened in Minneapolis. It was a freak deal. I'm not going to let this stop me from giving my all. Riding for the Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team has been a privilege, and am so thankful for all of their help and support. I want to continue taking advantage of the opportunity. I might be hampered by an injured knee, but I'm a determined individual."