News 14 Jan 2022

Positive covid-19 test sidelines Brayton for Oakland

MotoConcepts teammate Oldenburg to also sit out this weekend.

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Smartop Bullfrog Spas MCR Honda’s Justin Brayton will miss tomorrow’s second round of 2022 Monster Energy Supercross in Oakland after testing positive for covid-19.

It is a protocol of organizers that non-vaccinated riders undergo testing prior to each weekend, with Brayton confirming he will be sitting out Saturday.

However, Brayton didn’t specify whether his test was conducted at the stadium today at will call or if the test was from earlier in the week. He has indicated that he plans on returning for San Diego’s third round.

“Bummed to say, but I tested positive for covid and will be sitting out this weekend’s race in Oakland,” the retiring 37-year-old announced. “See ya next weekend in SD!”

After finishing second in his heat race at Anaheim 1 to commence the season last weekend, Brayton rode to 13th position in the main event upon return to the MotoConcepts operation.

Teammate Mitchell Oldenburg has also announced he won’t be lining up in Oakland, currently riding 450SX until the 250SX East series starts. It leaves Vince Friese as the only MCR rider for round two of the season.

“Unfortunately not going to be racing in Oakland tomorrow,” Oldenburg confirmed. “My family will always come first! Both kids woke up with fevers this morning, so [Alexandria Oldenburg] took them to the childrens hospital in San Diego.

“Turns out they both have covid… Sutton will be staying the night with mom at the hospital and I will be taking Ryker home to rest. I’m so very sorry to my team and sponsors and I hope you all can understand where I am coming from.”