I think I speak for everyone in the entire moto community when I say we, ALL OF US, were bummed to see Aaron Plessinger crash out of the 450 main event last night in Detroit.
AP, a crowd favorite, passed Adam Cianciarulo early in the main event and led 20 straight laps. He was three turns—THREE—from getting the white flag when his right foot got caught in the dirt and he went for a wild ride.
He went on to finish 13th.
After the race, AP gave a straight up raw, emotion filled interview. THIS IS WHY PEOPLE LOVE AP. He’s just real, man.
“That one hurts, that one hurts a lot,” Plessinger said. “I was riding so good and, man, I didn’t stand up in that rut the whole moto. I sat down and put my foot out… The one time I think it’s alright to stand up, it catches my foot and rips me right off the bike. I couldn’t believe it, flying through the air like that and I just tried to tuck, because it was a hard hit.
“I tried to get back up – I probably could have finished – but man, that hurts. You know, get back up on the saddle and I’ll get back up there in Seattle. I love it there, so don’t count me out, I’m not done yet. I was riding so good, I’m so proud of my riding and I love these fans. I could hear them the whole way!
“You know, it happens, we’ll be back with a vengeance. My starts are good, I’m good, my fitness is good. I’ve just gotta stay on the bike next time. Thank you to the fans, I wish I could have won it, but we’ll get them next year!”
Main image: Jessica Reed
This was such a bummer. Excited to see what he brings to Seattle.