Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, and USO San Diego have teamed up to host an eBay auction benefitting the non-profit organization after last Saturday’s memorable Military Appreciation Race from San Diego’s Petco Park.
Fans now have the chance to bid on the race-worn gear donated by the championship’s biggest stars, which honored our service men and women with special military designs.
More than 30 items are currently up for bidding, ranging from the jersey and pants worn by race winner, and defending Monster Energy Supercross Champion, Ryan Dungey to the full set of Team Honda HRC plastics from runner-up Cole Seely’s motorcycle.
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Event: AMA SuperCross 2016
Date: Saturday, Feb. 20
Time: 9:30 p.m. ET
TV: FS1, FOX Sports Go
All of the biggest names in supercross donated to the cause, including James Stewart, who unfortunately missed the Military Appreciation Race while recovering from a concussion sustained at the opening race.
“The amount of items we have received from the teams and riders is a testament to the close-knit community of Monster Energy Supercross,” said Dave Prater, Director of Supercross. “Our entire industry has embraced the cause surrounding the Military Appreciation Race and we are fortunate to showcase our biggest and most dynamic auction to date.”
“We’re overwhelmed by the amount of support we received from the supercross community for this auction,” said USO San Diego’s Marketing & Communications Director Meaghan Cox. “This was our first opportunity to partner with Feld Motor Sports for the Military Appreciation Race and it has without a doubt been one of the most successful endeavors for USO San Diego. There are so many cool items for fans to bid on and we’re blown away by the amount of traffic and bidding the auction has already received.”
Baggett raced the most recent round of the series in San Diego, but found that his shoulder was still very painful under race conditions. He visited a specialist once back home in California, and it was discovered he had severe inflammation of his shoulder socket.
“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.”
Stewart reports he is greatly improved from the concussion he suffered earlier this season, but he feels he hasn’t had enough seat time on the bike yet to make a return this weekend.
“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.”
Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing will not compete in this weekend’s Arlington Supercross. The team learned this week that Blake Baggett will be unable to race for next few rounds due to continued pain associated with his injured shoulder. James Stewart has also elected to continue training for a return and will sit out this Saturday’s Monster Energy AMA Supercross event at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
During last year’s 450SX Class Main Event in Phoenix, Eli Tomac made his 15th career 450SX Class start and became the 58th different rider to win a 450SX Class race. The win was his third career podium and fifth career top five. In the 250SX Class, Webb made his 11th career 250SX Class start and became the 98th different rider to win a 250SX Class race. It was his fourth career podium and first-ever win.
Stewart is still feeling the effects of the concussion that he suffered at Anaheim I. He withdrew from the main event last weekend at Oakland complaining of blurred vision.
Baggett, who had just returned from an injury at Oakland, suffered a bruised shoulder and will rest up this weekend.
“After retiring from the race with vision problems in Oakland, we encouraged James to undergo further testing and make sure he is 100 percent healthy before returning to racing,” said Mike Webb, team manager for Yoshimura Suzuki. “And Blake took a big hit to the same shoulder he just had surgery on this past weekend. Fortunately, he hasn’t re-broken the shoulder, however it is deeply bruised and at this point he only has limited range of motion. Blake is fairly confident that he should be ready to go by the following round in San Diego.”
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