Travis Sewell | Resurgence | Transworld Motocross
Injuries are unfortunately an inevitable aspect of racing dirt bikes, and Babbitt’s/Monster Energy/Amsoil Kawasaki’s Travis Sewell knows that all too well. Last summer he suffered multiple injuries, from a broken pelvis to collapsed lungs, and he’s been working hard to return to full speed. He talked with us about his recovery process and the 2017 AMSOIL Arenacross season thus far.
It’s been pretty eventful from this time last year up until now, how has everything gone for you?
It definitely took a lot longer to heal from the incident last summer. I got back to being healthy pretty quickly; I just had to work to get the muscle memory back. You have to lay around for so long with the injury that I had, it made riding come back to me a lot slower than I thought it would. I knew this season was going to start off slow and I’ve had some bad luck on all ends of the program. I had to start further back than I thought and it was brutal in the beginning. Now it’s gotten a lot better and I feel that my speed is really good now. I’m a lot closer to being near the front-runners. I can’t say that I’m going the same speed as the guys fighting for the championship, but I’d like to be doing that tomorrow night. I’ve definitely made some solid progress throughout the season and I was able to make some big strides with speed in order to race these guys.
You had a pretty serious head injury, right?
I did get knocked out pretty bad, but I actually broke my pelvis, collapsed both lungs, cracked my sternum, and cracked my tailbone. It was a whole laundry list of injuries. I spent thirteen days in the hospital; I was in the ICU for almost a week.
One thing that many people say after having a concussion is that sometimes when you’re riding, things come at you faster than they used to. Have you experienced that at all?
I would say when I first started riding again was the reason I thought I was going faster than I really was [laughs]. I was a little delusional, but I definitely found that coming off of a big injury made me really cautious at first. Even when we started racing I was too cautious for my own sake. I definitely overcame that very well considering what I’ve had to deal with, but I would’ve liked for this year to have gone a lot better.
In regards to the switch from KTM to Kawasaki, how was that switch for you this year?
I like both bikes. I think both bikes do some things really good. I don’t think the switch affected me nearly as much as actually spending time riding the bike.
You mentioned you spent most of the winter in Tallahassee, Florida, where were you staying?
I was staying in Tallahassee with my buddy Drew Whitehead. He’s a personal trainer who has been helping myself, Cody VanBuskirk, Daniel Herrlein here and there, and Hunter Sayles. He keeps us in line. We did our riding at Climax Motorsports Park, it’s actually Davi Millsaps old place. Some people in our area bought it and turned it into a training facility.
After Friday night, what are you doing next?
I’m actually racing in Costa Rica all summer. I’ll race one a month from now up until November. I’ll go home and potentially race a local National or two as well.
You actually raced Red Bud last year, correct?
Yeah, we have a race in Costa Rica this year on the same weekend as Red Bud so I’m bummed about that because I haven’t missed a Red Bud National since I was eight or nine years old. It’s probably been over 20 years in a row that I’ve been going to that race. I’m a little disappointed that I’m breaking the streak, but we can always start a new one next year.