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Can Tortelli Make Things More Interesting?

Suzuki’s Sebastien Tortelli will return from injury to race Round 5 of the AMA National Motocross championship at Red Bud in Michigan on July 4. Tortelli is fully recovered from a serious knee injury, according to his Suzuki team.

If you have been watching the AMA National Motocross series, things have become rather predictable. Ricky Carmichael wins the premier 250cc class every weekend aboard his Honda CRF450R, while Bubba Stewart does the same in the 125cc class aboard his Kawasaki KX125. In fact, these riders have yet to lose a single moto this year. Yawn.

Tortelli is a great outdoor rider, and a former World champ. Can he give Carmichael some competition? It is highly unlikely. Carmichael is in a league of his own right now (at least until Stewart enters the 250cc class next year). Nevertheless, we hope that Tortelli can bang bars a few times with Carmichael in order to bring some excitement to the class. Chad Reed, aboard his Yamaha YZ450F has picked up the pace this year, consistently finishing second to Carmichael, and well ahead of third place. If Reed can continue to improve, we might see Carmichael challenged at a few tracks (Washougal might be one — where Kevin Windham is also fast).

In any event, we wish Tortelli well. We mean that literally. Stay healthy!