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Apr 19, 2018

​MotoAmerica: Cameron Petersen Given Green Light To Ride At COTA

Cameron Petersen (45). Photo by Corey Coulter/GeoCrash Photography, courtesy of Genuine Broaster Chicken Honda.

Genuine Broaster Chicken Honda rider Cameron Petersen has been given the green light by medical officials to race this coming weekend in the MotoAmerica Superbike Championship races at the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas at Circuit of The Americas (COTA).

Petersen crashed his CBR1000RR SP2 Superbike on the opening lap of Superbike Race One April 14 at Road Atlanta and suffered a concussion. Petersen was treated and released from a local hospital that same night, but MotoAmerica medical officials did not clear Petersen to ride in Race Two the next day, April 15.

Instead, Petersen was informed that he would need to pass a follow-up concussion protocol evaluation today before riding at COTA, and the results of that examination would determine whether or not the South African could race this weekend.

“I went and did the concussion test this morning. They said everything looked good, so we’re going to be racing,” Petersen told Thursday in the paddock at COTA. “I feel good. I went back to Colorado for a couple of days and got some good rest in, did a couple of training sessions and made sure that I was ready to go and feeling up to the challenge. I’m excited. I was so disappointed last weekend. I’m happy that I didn’t have to wait too long to try and redeem myself. Let’s go racing.”

In other injury news, Thrashed Bike Racing’s Max Flinders will sit out this weekend and continue to let his injured left ring finger heal. Flinders suffered the injury, which required surgery, when he crashed his Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike during qualifying practice April 13 at Road Atlanta. Veteran racer Barrett Long has been recruited to ride Flinders’ motorcycle at COTA.