Following one of the most dominate team efforts in motocross history, bad luck seems to have finally befallen the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki team. Two team riders have suffered broken collarbones in the past two weeks. Barely a week removed from the announcement that two-time defending AMA Toyota Motocross Lites champion Ryan Villopoto's shoulder injury comes news of their hot rookie prospect, Austin Stroupe, suffering a clavicle injury at Lake Elsinore this past Saturday night. Stroupe at the 2007 season-ending Glen Helen National. photo: Simon Cudby
Besides Villopoto and Stroupe, Ben Townley wrenched his shoulder at the Motocross of Nations last month and sat out the race; he will be riding a factory Honda next time we see him. But one month before that, Christophe Pourcel, who was set to join the team this fall, separated his hip in a crash over in Europe, complicating where the team will assign riders--West or East--for the 2008 AMA Supercross tour.
Here's to wishing a full and speedy recovery for Austin and a little good for the rest of the boys at Monster Energy/Pro Circuit squad.
Stroupe at the 2007 season-ending Glen Helen National.
photo: Simon Cudby