Taken from Racerhead #29:
"And Star-Valli Yamaha's Gareth Swanepoel suffered a broken leg. Everyone at Racer X Online wants to say get-well-soon to both NYK and Swanie."
"Speaking of Swanepoel, his injury opened a spot on the team, and they acted quickly in scooping up the superb rookie Cole Thompson, who finished eighth overall in the 450 Class at Spring Creek. The team also named Ryan Morais as their new manager, giving the veteran his first post-career gig, as it appears that Morais is done following his ugly crash back in January with Trey Canard at the LA Supercross."
Always cheered for him and wish him the best with his new gig.
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Damn shame. Good rider and person. Best of luck.
Glad he has an income, and can actually "walk" away after that crash.
JS7 is the most entertaining rider since Hannah, my first hero,. even living in the frozen north.
Oh yeah, I actually ride!
That comes as a bit of a surprise. He said on the pulpmx show a few months back that he planned to return to racing, because he didn't want his career to end like that.
He was a great rider and it is a shame he is calling it quits, but I can understand his decision. He is 29 now and has a family to think about. The team manager position is probably a good deal for him. I wish him the best.
I read recently on his twitter that he still has yet to be cleared by the doctor for his head injury he suffered in that wreck.
""The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is to high and we miss it, but that our aim is to low and we reach it"
I saw the vid about Cole with Ryan in it, I didn't get retired from it, I got that he's getting active and back in the team atmosphere while still coming back. Don't call someone retired until they themselves do imo.
I still have that x-ray of his jaw saved in my phone. Good luck to him in the future. He'll be back.
"Stewart is the very last of a generation raised on 2-strokes so, naturally, he's going to have more skills than all these 4stroke kids coming up today." - Spotted Marley
That was a scary wreck for sure......but it isn't a common type thing that happens. I think Ryan calling it quits now is a little premature. Dude is still young and strong enough to do well. When he's healthy.....he's smoking fast and could still make a descent living doing it. I think if he retired now.....he'll regret it a few years down the road.
Maybe it sounds selfish.....but I sure would like to see him back out there racing....as I've always dug his style.
And there goes Jeffro. One of God's own prototypes. A super high-powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die.
Pimpin' Ho's , Rollin' fatty's......drinkin' beers , beers , beers!! ~ Jay.
Damn. I'm very happy he is staying in the industry. Mo is a hell of rider. He has been through a hell of a lot of injuries and that one in LA was the last straw. It's a shame he was never able to get that win.
Man, I always wanted to see him win a championship on the 250's! Wish him the best.
Ryan "The Under Dog" Morais!
"Don't allow native morons to breed and keep foreign ones out" -Dr. Henry K. Goddard-
Good luck to him. On the plus side he's walked into a decent job in the industry he loves.... theres worse jobs than that out there!
From Racer X twitter:
"Racer X @racerxonline
We spoke to acting Star Yamaha manager Ryan Morais & he's def not retired, just trying this stuff out until he's ready to ride.. "
"Leave me alone, I know what i'm doing"
- Kimi Räikkönen 4 November 2012
Yep...Ryan was surprised that was floating around, and made sure to let me know this morning that he hasn't called it quits. He's filling in as team manager through the end of the year. He'll reassess after that.