Max Vohland DNQ at 2023 San Diego Supercross Raises Some Eyebrows



It is actually not an incredible development however a minimum of final 12 months the 2 missed mains might be defined. KTM even shut it down for Vohland in supercross after Atlanta because it was decided he was not wholesome sufficient to trip at his potential. When he got here again to racing for Professional Motocross only a couple months later, he was nice and ran up entrance typically, ultimately ending sixth in factors.

San Diego may be the worst one to this point, however it will probably simply be defined by a collection of strange occasions. Ultimately, the blame for lacking the primary does fall on Vohland and his physique language leaving the monitor on Saturday evening prompt utter disgust in himself. However the expertise is actually there, and few would even understand that San Diego was simply the eighth supercross race Vohland has ever tried.

Again in 2021, he was thrust into the skilled ranks because of KTM Teams buy of GasGas. In shuffling round packages, the Troy Lee Designs/Purple Bull KTM group grew to become Troy Lee Designs/Purple Bull/GasGas they usually signed Justin Barcia. That took a complete 250 manufacturing unit stage program away from KTM bikes they usually determined to start out their very own program beneath Purple Bull KTM Manufacturing unit Racing. As a substitute of hiring a free agent veteran, they selected to take Vohland proper out of the Schoolboy class and provides him a three-year cope with the group.

12 months one was 2021 and proper into Monster Power AMA Supercross Vohland went. He did simply high quality by way of the primary three rounds going 9-8-6 however then he dislocated his hip at Indianapolis and missed the remainder of supercross. Then in 12 months two, he crashed within the first flip of the primary primary occasion of the 12 months which left him with a large hematoma in his shoulder and a few small cracks in his collarbone. That set in movement the whole lot that then occurred at St. Louis and Atlanta a few month later.

Now in 2023, in what was presupposed to be 12 months three, Vohland completed a cushty fifth at Anaheim after which had an odd evening in San Diego. If all of these issues had occurred throughout his rookie 12 months, it will look bizarre however make sense. As a result of it’s taking place in his third 12 months as an expert, it’s left many to start calling for his trip. However once more, no person appears to recollect he’s raced solely eight supercross occasions ever and solely began 5 primary occasions. San Diego was an sadly giant pace bump, however Vohland has the expertise, and it may not be lengthy earlier than we overlook any of this ever occurred.