JGR/Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing recently posted updates on Weston Peick and Chad Reed. Peick, who suffered several injuries in a crash during the Paris Supercross in November, was back on his bike last week for the first time.
Reed, who suffered eight broken ribs, a broken scapula, and a collapsed lung in a first-lap crash at Round 12 of Monster Energy AMA Supercross in Seattle, is hoping his injuries will be healed before the supercross season finale May 4 in Las Vegas. The team post stated, “all is looking positive for a return for both riders, pending medical advice in the near future.”
We caught up with Peick in March to check in on his status and he told us that his injuries in the crash—all face trauma—resulted in several surgeries and his recovery hasn't be easy. While his recovery has improved significantly, his vision still prevents him from making a return to racing.
“Weston rode for the first time since his accident this past week at Milestone. He still has very limited vision in his one eye, so the first time out was a challenge,” said team manager Jeremy Albrecht. “However, he is going to ride several more times before he and the team decide if he is capable of racing the nationals. Weston has been keeping up in his off-the-bike training. It’s just a matter of whether his bad eye will improve.”
Initially, Reed’s injuries appeared to be season-ending, but the veteran posted to Instagram only a day after the crash, “Tho it seems impossible right now I’m setting a goal of racing Vegas because I know I’ll be a better human for it. 6weeks #250.”
“Chad is wearing a sling for his broken scapula, but that’s really more for prevention than anything,” said Albrecht. “His eight broken ribs are healing nicely and don’t seem to bother him too much. He’s still blowing into the breathing tester after his collapsed lung. Chad still plans on racing Las Vegas, but that remains to be seen until more time has passed.”