March 03 (18:46).
Following a period of quietness, Moreau has released a detailed update now that he has flown back to France. It seems as though he has a long road ahead but is prepared for the challenge.
“Hello everyone, I know I have been quiet the last two weeks but these two weeks have been the toughest of my life. After spending a week in ICU – which I barely remember – and a few days on a regular floor in Tampa, I’m now back in France to start a long rehab process. I don’t know yet what my future will be but I’m so ready to get to work. I’ve been able to see so many messages and support you have given me and trust me it feels so good. Thank you to @TroyLeeDesigns team and my team manager for staying by my side and everybody at KTM for their support. Thank you Road to Recovery for your amazing help.”
February 23 (23:07).
In order to help Brian Moreau with his recovery and the hurdles that lie ahead, Road 2 Recovery has set up the following page. All donations for Moreau can be made on this link. You can also use the link to see how close R2R are to reaching their goal of $200,000! If you are not in a position to donate, simply leave a positive message for him on the link.
February 19 (09:50).
The Moreau family shared a much more detailed update on Tuesday night. Although this may quite not be the positive news that some hoped for, the fact that he has regained some feeling in his back is a good sign.
“I would like to thank you all for caring for Brian. First of all, I’d like to say that Mathilde Musquin has been amazing through those very tough times. She’s managing the situation with great care. She is a guardian angel for Brian. Marvin is very worried about Brian as well. He went to see him and supports him too. In addition, Troy Lee Designs, KTM and Red Bull have also been very supportive. Tyler, [Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM team manager], is with Brian all the time. Brian’s mom arrived Monday night in Tampa with his younger sister. He is surrounded by loved ones.
“Regarding the hospital he is in, staff personnel have been very attentive since Saturday. Before even getting to the hospital, the doctors were waiting for him, knowing exactly the extent of his injury. It was a priority for them. They even cleared the CT scan room in order to be able to go into surgery as fast as possible. Regarding his injury, Brian still doesn’t move his legs but today he gained a little bit of feeling in his back compared to yesterday. It gives us hope. We all are with him and we believe in him. Thank you again for Brian.”
February 17 (22:24).
KTM Factory Racing just released the following information on Brian Moreau’s crash and injury. There is no new information below, but there is a poignant quote from the owner of Troy Lee Designs Red Bull KTM.
MURRIETA, Calif. – Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Brian Moreau suffered a major crash during Saturday’s free practice session at the seventh round of the AMA Supercross Championship in Tampa, Florida. The French rider was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital where he underwent surgery to repair a fractured vertebra in his neck. Moreau is in stable condition at this time as he awaits further information from doctors.
The Moreau family released an update on Sunday morning via social media stating: “Hit in the vertebrae, Brian had surgery last night at Tampa hospital. Surgery is good and Brian woke up. He is currently in intensive care but doctors will not be able to decide on his condition in several days…Brian is a very brave and strong boy and is aware of everything!”
TLD/KTM Team Owner, Troy Lee: “Brian is a very tough kid and we know he will tackle this injury and do whatever he can to make a full recovery. Everyone at Troy Lee Designs and KTM are fully supporting his recovery every step of the way. I want to also thank both Marvin and Mathilde Musquin for all the support they have given Brian from the very first day he showed up in California. Mathilde has been at the hospital with Brian since his crash and has been amazing to work with during this difficult time.”
KTM North America, Inc., along with the Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull KTM Factory Racing and Red Bull KTM Factory Racing teams are sending positive thoughts to Brian and the Moreau family at this time.
February 16 (12:47).
There was some confusion on Saturday in Tampa – there were no clear reports on the injuries that Brian Moreau suffered in the first 250SX East practice session. Now, however, his family have released the following statement. The statement was originally published in French, so has been edited for clarity.
“Hello to all. We wanted to inform you about the state of Brian’s health. Hit in the vertebra, Brian had surgery last night at Tampa hospital. Surgery is good and Brian woke up. He is currently in intensive care but doctors will not be able to decide on his condition for several days… Brian is a very brave and strong boy, and is aware of everything!
“We wanted to thank all the people who support us. Of course I do not thank the people who, on the other hand, still allow themselves to criticise him in such moments! We will keep you informed when we know more.”
February 15 (19:51).
Brian Moreau was set to make his Monster Energy Supercross debut with the Troy Lee Designs Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team today, but didn’t get very far at all. Moreau crashed out of the first untimed practice session in Tampa, Florida, and will now skip the night programme. The TLD outfit confirmed the news via the following social media statement.
“Unfortunately after a crash in the free practice @BrianMoreau104 will not be racing tonight in Tampa. We are hoping for the best and will keep everyone posted once we get more updates.”
Pierce Brown – the other 250SX East rider on the Troy Lee Designs Red Bull KTM team – is not present at the event in Tampa, as he is building himself back up after sustaining a scaphoid injury in the off-season. Brown is expected to make his debut at either round two or three. There is currently no timeline on Moreau’s recovery.
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: KTM/Simon Cudby