#39 Colt Nichols (Star Racing Yamaha):
Back in mid-November, Colt Nichols suffered a serious injury: a broken femur. Right away, Nichols stated that he still planned to be ready for the 250SX East Championship, but many fans and industry folk simply wrote this off as impossible; a broken femur takes at least 6 months to heal right? How could he possibly cut this time in half to 3 months?
Well, Nichols proved us all wrong, and was on the starting line come the opening round last weekend in Minneapolis. However, nobody knew exactly how prepared he truly was; the east coast was jammed pack with talent, and Nichols must have had VERY little time on the bike after his injury. After qualifying in the top 5 in Minneapolis, Nichols unfortunately crashed on the first lap of the main event, so we all had to wait until this past weekend’s race in Atlanta to truly see how prepared he was.
So, now that Atlanta has come and gone, is Nichols ready-to-race? Answer: MOST DEFINITELY! He once again qualified in the top 5, and then came from a mediocre start all the way up to 3rd place by the end of the main event (matching his career best finish). A podium for Nichols, in only his 2nd race back, after breaking his femur only 3 months ago!!!!! I can’t think of anything more impressive than that, hence he is your Most Impressive 250 Rider in Atlanta.
Now, what can Nichols do in the remaining races? He surely must have gotten a monkey off of his back by this podium, which makes me think he will be super relaxed and confident from here on out. I’m expecting Nichols to get his first win before the season is up.
Cover photo from Transworld MX by Ryan Swanberg