Troy Bayliss has suffered a serious leg injury while competing in the AMA Pro Flat Track race in Sacramento Mile. X-rays he posted on Facebook revealed the injuries and he is now on his way to Australia to undergo surgery. No timetable has been set for his recovery.

It’s a devastating setback for an iconic motorcycle racer who was competing in just his second AMA Flat Track race with the Lloyd Brothers Ducati racing team. Bayliss suffered the injury when he crashed into the air fence on Turn 3 of the track. At one point, the former World Superbike champion admitted that his foot was pointed the other way after the crash. It’s not really the kind of thing you’d like to imagine in your head, but sadly, injuries like this come with the territory of motorcycle racing.

As a result, Bayliss will be out of commission in the foreseeable future. It also remains to be seen if he’ll ever race in the current AMA Flat Track season given how devastating his injury is. A lot of people are undoubtedly disappointed about Bayliss’ injury. That includes the Lloyd Brothers Ducati racing team and the AMA Pro Flat Track series, which was banking on improving its TV audience in the US. Having Bayliss in the series was a small part of that since his reputation as one of the best motorcycle racers of this generation has endeared him to pockets of American fans in the country.

We’re all hoping to see Bayliss back in a bike sooner than later, but for now, the important thing is for him to get surgery and do proper rehabilitation so he can be up and about as soon as possible. Like many others, we’re praying for you, Troy Bayliss.

Get back healthy because we want to see you back in a bike, whenever or wherever that will be.

Continue reading to read more about Troy Bayliss’ leg injury at Sacramento Mile.

Why it matters

I was initially skeptical of Troy Bayliss making a return to competitive racing at 46. But since then, I’ve come to realize that this is a man you just can’t keep out of a racing bike.

I didn’t see this one coming as did many of you, I assume. I’ll be honest, I was devastated to hear this news, but a part of me also felt like Bayliss was really tempting fate when he decided to come back to competitive racing.

None of that matters now because we all want to see Bayliss recover from this admittedly serious leg injury. Anytime the words “broken” and “leg” are mentioned in the same sentence, that’s a serious injury.

So I’m wishing Bayliss a speedy recovery and hopefully, if he still wants to, get back on the saddle and race again. I personally wouldn’t advise him since he really has nothing left to prove. But if he still has that competitive juice, I certainly wouldn’t be surprised to see him racing again.

But before all of that happens, he needs to get his leg fixed and undergo proper rehabilitation to strengthen it again. Easier said than done, but if Bayliss shows half the commitment in rehab as he does in racing, I’m confident that he can return to his old self.

It’s going to take some time, but at least we won’t see a shell of the former World Superbike champion if and when he does return.

What do you think?
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