As most of you know, Chris Alldredge had a vicious crash during qualifying practice in Seattle. In the rhythm section after the start, Alldredge attempted jumping on and off the three consecutive tabletops. Like many other riders, he came up short on the third and last one, getting ejected off his bike and landing on the following single jump. This left no room for Shane McElrath behind him, who unfortunately landed on Alldredge. Alldredge was visibly hurt right away; the practice even got red-flagged so that medics could successfully transport him off the track.
Alldredge updated everyone Sunday morning via Instagram as to his conditions. Well, turns out he has a brutal list of injuries, including a “partially collapsed lung, small bit of air in [his] chest, grade 1 lacerated liver and adrenal gland which are still bleeding a very small amount, fractured 10th rib, fractured pelvis, and fractured L1, L2, L3, and L4 in [his] lower lumbar.” He will stay at the hospital in Seattle for the next few days, but he is expected to make a full recovery.
You can watch the crash here:
I'd like to apologize to @shanemcelrath_ I'm sorry for wrecking where I did and leaving you no outs. Hope you're doing alright man, and congratulations on the 5th Place last night. And prayers to @noahmcconahy59, you're trooper and I hope you feel better bud! • • • Update: Staying in Harbor View Hospital for a few days. Partially Collapsed Lung, small bit of Air in my Chest, Grade 1 Lacerated Liver and Adrenal Gland which are still bleeding a very small amount. Fractured 10th Rib, Fractured Pelvis, and Fractured L1, L2, L3, and L4 in my Lower Lumbar. Thanks for all the get well wishes, and be sure to send lots to @noahmcconahy59 as well.
My Opinion: Ugh, this is one of the worst crashes I’ve seen in a while. The way his body moves upon getting hit is very unnatural, as supported by his massive list of injuries.
Following a crash-prone rookie year, Alldredge had an up and down sophomore year last year, which concluded with a pretty nasty injury in Vegas. He got bumped off of Pro Circuit, and this year was a vital year in my opinion for his career. Unfortunately, he hasn’t been able to get any impressive results, and his 2017 season will come to an end with this nasty injury. I’m predicting either retirement for the young kid, or another few years of lackluster results followed by retirement. It’s unfortunate that such a talented motocross rider never was able to live up to his potential, but that’s how the sport goes sometimes.
All in all, I always enjoyed watching him ride! I hope he can prove me wrong, recover quickly, and return to racing with some good results. Regardless, heal up quickly Chris!
Cover photo from Transworld Motocross