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Both riders in Dodger Stadium supercross crash have back fractures

January 23, 2012 |  9:51 am

Supercross riders Trey Canard and Ryan Morais both suffered back fractures, among other injuries, when they crashed into each other in Saturday night's race at Dodger Stadium.

Morais' team manager earlier had said the Murrieta rider had broken his jaw. But in a statement Monday, his Star Valli Yamaha team said Morais, 28, also had "several fractured vertebrae and some broken ribs."

"There is no sign of spinal-cord damage at this time and Morais is continuing to be evaluated," the team said. "A full recovery is anticipated."

Canard, 21, likewise had unspecified back fractures but has "100% feeling in his legs" and was awaiting a decision by doctors as to whether he needed surgery, according to a statement on his website.

The Dodger Stadium incident was the latest in a string of injuries for Canard, an Oklahoma native and Honda rider. He missed the last three races in 2011 due to a broken thigh bone and he broke his collarbone in a practice crash before this season opened Jan. 7.

Canard and Morais crashed after making a lofty jump on the first lap of the 20-lap main event in the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series race at Dodger Stadium. Supercross is the stadium version of motocross, or off-road motorcycle racing.

The race was won by Chad Reed after it was halted for about 20 minutes while Canard and Morais were treated. They were taken by ambulance to Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center.

-- Jim Peltz

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