One of the many red flags during the MotoAmerica races at Ridge Motorsports Park was a crash involving Michael Gilbert.
After taking a fifth in Stock 1000 Race One – while still nursing a two-week-old broken right ankle, Gilbert crashed his Cycle World/Octane/Chuckwalla Racing Suzuki GSX-R1000R on the seventh lap of Stock 1000 Race Two and fractured the femur in his left leg.
Gilbert underwent surgery at a hospital in nearby Olympia, Washington, on Sunday night.
Afterward, the California posted on his Instagram, saying: “Fortunately, surgery went smoothly and I’ve already been back on my feet with a walker. Not sure what I’ve done to deserve the luck I’ve had in 2022, but we’ll take the highs with the lows and be back on the motorcycle in no time.”
Read his entire post below.
Video of the incident showed Ezra Beaubier making contact with Gilbert. Beaubier said he had nowhere to go and “clipped” Gilbert, but he said he didn’t think he ran over his leg or legs.
Beaubier, who rides a Motorsport Exotica Orange Cat BST Racing BMW M 1000 RR, also went to the hospital after completing restarted Stock 1000 Race Two. Between doing the race and vomiting afterward due to a stomach illness, Beaubier was left very dehydrated and in need of IV fluids.