Yoshimura Suzuki will not travel to round seven of Monster Energy Supercross this weekend in Arlington, Texas.
After visiting a specialist this week due to continued pain in his shoulder, it was discovered that Blake Baggett is suffering from severe inflammation of his shoulder socket, according to the team.
Baggett, who sustained the injury during off-season testing, returned to racing last weekend in San Diego, but failed to qualify for the main event. He’s raced just one other round this season, finishing fifteenth in Oakland.
There is no timetable on his return.
“The extra stress put on the shoulder on Saturday was just too much,” said Mike Webb, Yoshimura Suzuki’s team manager. “We don’t have a certain timetable on Blake’s return. It depends on how he reacts to treatment, but he hopes to be back after he sits out a few rounds and gets some rehab in.”
James Stewart has returned to riding this week, but will miss his third straight race as he continues to deal with post concussion symptoms. The team is optimistic he can return next weekend in Atlanta.
“James wants to get some laps on the bike this week and next before he tries to come back,” Webb explained. “Right now it’s just a matter of getting laps in to get his fitness level back up to where he can feel comfortable for an entire race. He’s shooting for an Atlanta return, but that’s not set in stone. Obviously it’s been a difficult supercross season for us, but injuries are part of the sport and we want our riders to be healthy and confident that they are ready to go before trying to race.”