CORONA, Calif., – Valli Motorsports Rockstar/Yamaha Team rider Austin Stroupe will ride practice tonight at Angel Stadium of Anaheim during the opening round of the 2011 AMA Supercross Championship and then he and the team will determine if he is ready to race.
Stroupe, who sustained a serious shoulder injury requiring surgery and extensive rehabilitation at the Houston round of the 2010 AMA Supercross Championship has only been riding a short time and may not yet be prepared to race a 20-lap main event.
20 year-old Stroupe joins the Valli Motorsports Rockstar/Yamaha Team for his first full season in the premier class. He surprised the field last year with good starts and laps led on a 450 while substituting for an injured teammate at a few of the opening rounds of the 2010 AMA Supercross Championship. During Lites East Supercross Stroupe finished on the podium every round of the series except one due to a fall before being injured while second in series points. He was forced to miss the AMA Pro Motocross Championship Series due to the shoulder injury.