Travis Pastrana Sidelined Until Indianapolis

Brent Avis
by Brent Avis
Team Suzuki's Travis Pastrana is slated to return to racing action at Indianapolis on Feb. 10 for round six of the AMA/EA Sports Supercross Series. The Indy event is the season-opener for this year's 125cc Eastern Region Supercross Series and Pastrana will begin his chase for the championship.

Riding in the 250cc class at round two in San Diego, Pastrana fell hard, suffering a concussion. At the next race in Anaheim, Calif., he was racing as high as fourth place, but pulled off the track and out of the event when he began feeling dizzy. Pastrana was transported that night to the University of California, Irvine Medical Center, where he received a CT scan (computed tomography). The test results were negative, revealing no permanent injury or damage...

Travis will be spending more time in the pits than he'd like as he heals up for the 125 Eastern Region Supercross Series.On Monday, as a precautionary follow-up, Pastrana underwent an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) at an Arizona facility. This test was negative as well, confirming the prior diagnosis.

"Travis will rest the next two weeks so he can prepare to contest the AMA 125cc Eastern Region Series," said Roger DeCoster, Team Suzuki manager.

The move from the 250cc Supercross class to the 125cc series was a joint decision between Pastrana and the team. Pastrana is scheduled to ride an RM250 at Western Region events later in the season, to continue developing his skills in the premier Supercross series. The 17-year-old already has shown himself to be a future contender in the big class, having taken a fine fifth place at the season-opening round, and racing alongside many of the series veterans at the front of the pack.

As a rookie last year, Pastrana scored two wins on his way to third-place overall in the 125cc Eastern series. He is looking forward to adding a 125cc Supercross title to the AMA 125cc Outdoor National Championship he won in 2000.

Team Suzuki will be represented in the 250cc Supercross series by Kevin Windham, who finished in third place at round three in Anaheim.

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