Stoppin-In: Justin Brayton
Muscle Milk Honda riders gets back up to speed.
Stoppin’-In: Justin Brayton
Words and photos by Shan Moore
Justin Brayton turned in an amazing ride in St. Louis, finishing on the podium despite barely being able to walk the track before practice. The Muscle Milk Honda rider fractured his femur at the San Diego round of the series and is slowly returning to 100%. At Daytona, Brayton had difficulties with the mud and finished 16th, but is looking forward to getting back on the podium in Indy.
How is the leg?
The leg is coming along. After I hurt it, I was thinking I wouldn’t be able to race the rest of the season, but it turned out to be a small fracture and not as bad as we first thought, and it’s on a non-weight-bearing bone – the fibula. It’s extremely painful, but I’m just thankful I’m able to ride at all. I’m not doing any riding at all during the week, I rode once before St. Louis and once this week down at Chad Reed’s house, so it’s been good to actually get on the bike and knock the rust off before I get to the races.
When do you think you will be 100%?
I think here in the next couple of weeks, maybe three weeks. Like I said, it’s coming along and feeling a lot better with each week.
All this makes your podium finish at St. Louis all the more amazing.
It was amazing to be able to do that, especially since three weeks ago I didn’t even know if I was going to get to race the rest of the year. It just shows that you have to stick with it and set goals and work hard to achieve them. Dreams do come true, if you work hard, and I’m living a dream riding for factory Honda.
Do you feel you’re getting better with each race and coming together with your factory Honda?
Yeah, for sure. Eric Kehoe and this team have won so many championships and there is no better person to learn from. I think I am definitely learning more and more each week about myself, about the bike, and about the team, and I see nothing but up from here.
What were you doing at Chad’s this week?
He put together a Daytona-like track for us to practice on, so we did some testing there. It was awesome staying down there and riding and getting some tips from him.
What are your thoughts about the outdoor season?
I’m excited about outdoors. Supercross is fun to ride, but I think outdoors plays into my hand a little more because of my fitness. I can’t wait. The bike is awesome. I rode the outdoor bike a couple of days and it is so good.
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