After an unfortunate turn of events this morning during a Moto X SuperMoto qualifying session, James injured his left shoulder and now finds himself out of X Games 15 before his two main events have even started. “I was coming around a corner and kind of washed the front end,” James told us this afternoon. “The tire caught a little bit and I ended up slamming my shoulder against the wall pretty hard."
After a visit to a physician, it was determined that James could risk additional serious injury should he continue riding. “Yeah, I’m hurting pretty bad right now. It is very, very painful, and I can’t lift my shoulder above my side at all. If I could ride the bike I would, but there’s just know way at this point.”
Before the accident, James had moved his Graves-backed factory Yamaha into the third qualifying position, and was continuing to pick up speed. “I was feeling really good on the bike and was having a ton of fun. I was really looking forward to tomorrow’s events, but I’d still like to thank all of my sponsors for making this happen and getting me this far. I also want to thank Graves Yamaha for hooking up the bike, ESPN for all of the coverage, and all of my fans for sticking by me!”