Blake Young will miss Sunday’s U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. During Friday afternoon practice, the former AMA Pro SuperBike star fell heavily in left-hand Turn 5, sending the Attack Performance Racing CRT entry cartwheeling spectacularly through the air and damaging its milled-from-billet frame beyond trackside repair.
Young was the first rider down the Corkscrew on Friday morning. He completed 13 laps before an oil-cooler fitting failed, ending the session for the Richard Stanboli-led APR team. Young’s best lap time was 1:26.668. Tech 3 Yamaha’s Cal Crutchlow led the session with a 1:22.757.
“We were moving in the right direction,” said Young after the crash. “Second practice started pretty good. We were in the mix. We worked on the bike a little bit, and I went back out and did a pretty quick lap time.”
In fact, Young lopped nearly a second off his best previous time, posting a 1:25.764. “I hooked up with a some guys and blew a couple turns,” he said. “I knew the tires were cooling off. I should have come back in and got ’em on the warmers.”
All MotoGP riders struggle to maintain proper tire-operating temperatures. “I gave them another half lap,” said Young. “It was pretty good going over Turn 1 and into 2, so I thought, ‘If anything, the right side is going to be cold.’ But through 3 and 4, it was really good. I started easing into the gas going through 5 and the thing just flicked me—no warning.”
Young bruised his right knee in the crash. “I’m okay,” he said. “These guys worked really hard to get this program together. I made a mistake, and I should know better than that.”
Stanboli was matter of fact in his assessment of the damage to the bike. “It’s totaled,” he said.
Young made his MotoGP debut with Attack Performance Racing at April’s inaugural Grand Prix of The Americas in Austin, Texas. He qualified 24th and finished 21st.