Team Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Racing presented by FMC and OTSFF announced today that former Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki rider Austin Stroupe will fill-in for the injured Kyle Regal for Round 6 of AMSOIL Arenacross this weekend in Birmingham, Alabama.
Regal, the defending Arenacross champion, was injured this past weekend in Colorado Springs. The team said they are still awaiting word on his official injuries, but that he did sustain a concussion and a damaged shoulder and will miss at least Round 6 and maybe the following week.
“Although it’s a matter of unfortunate circumstance that brought Austin to the team, we’re pleased to have him with us for Round 6. He is definitely an accomplished rider and his results in Baltimore showed that,” team manager Junior Jackson said. “At this point we’re in the dark as far as Kyle Regal’s return to action. We’re hoping he will be able to rejoin the team in two weeks, but it’s a question mark right now. Everyone at Rockstar Husqvarna wishes Kyle a quick recovery so that he will be able to resume his quest for a championship repeat.”
Stroupe returned from a long absence from the sport at the first two rounds of the AMSOIL Arenacross series earlier this year, winning night one of the Arenacross Lites Class in Baltimore earlier this year.
"I’m excited with this opportunity to race for a top team like Rockstar Husqvarna in a great series like the Amsoil Arenacross,” Stroupe said in a statement. “It would have been nice if it wasn’t because of Kyle getting hurt, because none of us like an advantage because of another guy getting injured. But that’s racing and these things happen. I wish Kyle a speedy recovery. In the meantime, I will give it my best shot to do him and the team justice.”