We've been hearing and reading rumors online about another Ben Townley injury, so we decided to go straight to the source and find out what's going on with the sidelined Honda Red Bull Racing factory rider who is set to join the AMA Motocross class when the 2008 AMA Toyota Motocross Championships start up in three weeks. BT101 has been working out down in Tallahassee, Florida, after being forced off the bike with an ankle injury that cost him the chance to wear #1 in the Lites East division of the 2008 Monster Energy AMA Supercross tour. Lately though he's been riding and rehabbing the ankle. When we called, Ben was actually with his trainer doing some altitude training. He admits that he dinged himself up a bit but nothing serious, just normal training issues. He is more than ready to get back to racing and is looking forward to Glen Helen (where he won his last MX race) and making his Honda debut. You can keep up with Ben and his training at www.bentownleymx.com. He also promises that he will be updating his BT blogs soon so you can follow his 2008 summer there.
As for the latest on fellow Kiwi Cody Cooper, last year's late-season surprise is also up to speed in getting ready for the whole series. Cody has been riding with Ben down in Tallahassee. "CBC 902" is also looking forward to the first national and finally getting back to racing, and he has some exciting news that will be announced shortly, so stay tuned.
Finally, Ben is going to start up his Racer X Illustrated column BT101 again in the next issue, so stay tuned!