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7/1/2014 - Justin Brayton Return to Racing by Racer X

 

Justin Brayton’s supercross season actually started out brilliantly, as he battled within the top five and threatened for podiums. He crashed near the end of the season, though, and broke his foot, then tried to race through it before crashing again and hurting his knee. Muddy Creek marked his first motocross race of the season, as well.

 

First race back. How’d you feel?
It was good to be back. It was awesome to be back at the races again. But I definitely struggled, for sure. It was a tough one to come back to with all the ruts and things like that. Still a little bit cautious with my knee but overall I felt pretty good. There were times where I felt pretty good and fast and there were times where I really struggled. Understandable but I’m excited for the week. I really enjoy the tracks coming up. To get out of here with a 10th overall is not great but it’s not the end of the world. I’m excited to get back to work.

 

Is it just a trust issue with your knee?
Yeah, kind of. I’ve been riding the past few weeks and I just hadn’t rode anything like this, with ruts that long. The tracks that I’ve been riding are really controlled ruts. Like you’d come in, stick your leg out, and come out and there’s no more rut. Here it was just really long, sustained ruts that I kind of had to tip-toe through. I didn’t have to, but I did. There were some bright spots and there were some not-so-bright spots. Learned a lot and looking forward to Red Bud.

 

After a tough ride, can you leave here happy with 10th overall?
Yeah, I think there were some positives. Of course I’m not happy about it. I wasn’t that disappointed qualifying like that just because it was so muddy in practice. I knew what I was struggling with and I knew coming in how my body felt. I was confident that I could get a good start. I feel like when I’m 100 percent when I get good starts I can pretty much run up front with anyone, or at least stay in the top 5. I did that for a while and then just started thinking a little too much. But I don’t think you can go away here happy but I think you can go away here knowing what you need to work on and excited about the future.

 

Do you think the fitness is there?
Not quite. Not fully there yet. It wasn’t that hot today or anything. The track was fairly tough on the body but not too bad. I still have some work to do there also.

 

And you’re actually a new dad, which I don’t know if a lot of people know. How’s that changed your riding, your life, everything?
It’s honestly totally changed everything, for the better for sure. The hard part is my wife, Paige, had our baby girl, Parker, three weeks ago and I’ve really been kind of in the meat of my training. I’ve had to balance that. Of course I want to spend time with them, but then again, she totally understands that I’ve got to go to work, too. It’s been a tough balance but I think I’ve done a pretty good job of it. There’s definitely some sleepless nights, but those are kind of awesome, too. I think you kind of go through all phases of it. I’m honestly super excited to get home tonight and to be with them. It really just changes your perspective. I came off the track and I was super bummed at the second moto but then you start to think about her. My wife sent me a picture of her sleeping and she had wrote in the text that she had been cheering me on all day. She was tired and fell asleep. That just puts a smile on your face, honestly. Like I said earlier, I really want to get back to work and get up front. That’s the bottom line. I think I belong in the top five. It may take a couple rounds to get there, but I’ll get there. – Chase Stallo

 

 

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