Straight out of Tallahassee , Florida is the #24 of Suzuki backed athlete, TJ Rios. Walking around on crutches at Loretta's was not his ideal way of making his appearance. Now in the recovery stage of his injury (broken Femur), we caught up with Rios to see what he's been up to and when we can see him back on the track.
MP: Let's talk about your injury that sidelined you at Lorettas this year. How did it happen?
TJ Rios: Well my injury happened at MTF on the Tuesday before Loretta's. It was coming out of a sort of sweeping corner and my front end washed and knifed me and next thing I knew I was on the ground. I broke my femur. And lucky it was a clean break. I got surgery the next morning and they put a rod and two screws. So far recovery is going great. It's actually month since my surgery today and I'm already walking on one crutch and feeling a lot better.
MP: When are you expected to be back on the bike?
TJ Rios: I'm expected to be back in about 2 months from today.
Tallahassee, Florida local TJ Rios has been putting in the overtime over at the MTF facility. TJ recently showed up to Thunder Valley MX for an area qualifier where he was looking to have some fun while qualifying in all of his classes, he did just that. Next up is regionals where Tommy is looking to carry his momentum to earn his spot on the gate at Loretta's. We sat down with TJ to see what's been happening lately and what's going to be the game plan to bring home some championships this year.
MP: Talk about your training regimen both on and off the track and how you prepare yourself for racing.
TJ Rios: I currently train at MTF (Millsaps Training Facility) in Cairo, GA. Which is about 30 min away from my house. For training we do whatever Colleen Millsaps, Bryan Johnson, and Gavin, which are our trainers, have planned for us. Some days we do all motos some day's we do all sections, some days we mix it up and some days we even work scrubs, wheelies or flat track. And then we do gym and we do whatever Tony has planned for us. Some days we do upper body or lower body or abs. Just depends. But training has been doing really good. Been working on my weak points and getting better everyday. Spring nationals weren't the best for me so I'm getting ready to prove a point.