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Aldon Baker's Insight on RV and AC

by Racer X Virtual Trainer


On Ryan Villopoto....

Ryan Villopoto was in damage control mode in Toronto. After missing all of practice due to a reported case of food poisoning (the team still wasn't sure exactly what the problem was) Villopoto returned for the night show and gutted out a sixth. We may look back at tonight and say, “This is where Ryan Villopoto won the championship.”

Racer X Virtual Trainer: Hey Aldon, thanks for talking to me and giving us an update on Ryan and Adam. Tough night in Toronto, eh?
Aldon Baker: Yes a very tough night for sure. We aren't really sure what caused the problems but we are pretty certain he did not have food poisoning because he didn't have diarrhea. He was vomiting a bit but it was more dry heaving and stuff like that.

Take me through the week's events briefly leading up to the problem.
Yes, we had a normal week of training with no problems and traveled to Toronto on Friday. We all went out for  dinner to our normal place Friday night and all was good. No troubles at all. Saturday morning when we met up to go to the gym for a quick warm-up session. He said he was going to go to the restroom and he would meet me in the gym. Kristen, his wife informed me he had severe stomach pain, so I went to his room and he was laying down all curled up in pain. He said his stomach was hurting and it was getting worse and worse. He said it woke him up earlier but it was just a little discomfort not the sharp pain he was feeling now. So that's when it all started.

What happened next?
Well, we tried to wait as long as we could to see if he was getting any better and he wasn't. So I took him to the track doctor. Doc Bodnar checked him and recommended he go to the hospital, and that's what we did.

Wow, that had to be a shock. You had to be thinking at that point it was something a little more series than food poisoning.
Yea, at that point I wasn't sure what was going on. I mean, I'm not a doctor but the pain wasn't in a place that would make you think appendix or anything like that. Hospitals in Canada have a different system than we do here in the US and kind of first come first serve so we had to wait a bit once we got there.

Wow, I never really thought about that. Here you all are defending a supercross championship, all this pressure, it's race day and you have medical emergency outside the US in another country.
Yea, that was definitely a bit of a process. I mean I tried to talk to the doctor with all due respect and explain to him what was going on and how important this all was. They went through the normal process of checking his vitals and checking his blood and all the usual tests but I kind of knew that the only way they were going to get a speedy diagnosis was with an contrast CT scan. So on top of all that he had to drink that dye. But trying to speed up the process a bit was not easy. Unless you are maybe a hockey player or something, it's not happening (laughs).

So at that point, you guys had to know it wasn't food poisoning, right?
Yea, for sure. I pretty much ruled that out because he wasn't really exhibiting the signs of food poisoning. The only thing he had was this sharp pain. No fever or anything else. Plus we all ate Friday evening and this happened about 12 hours later. Food poisoning tends to kick in pretty quick and usually comes out both ends. And actually our team manager Dan, he wasn't feeling well and was exhibiting the normal signs of food poisoning and Josh Grant too from what I was told.

So this sounds like this didn't have anything to do with food.
No, it definitely doesn't look that way.

So what did they do at the hospital that got him well enough to race that night?
Well, we were there for a few hours waiting and going through the process and the pain seemed to start to relax a bit. Actually right before the CT scan the pain seemed to relax quite a bit. So he started feeling a bit better and moving around. He then said that he would like to try and ride. If he was going to ride we needed to get a plan together to get him cleared with Doc Bodnar at the track and the AMA and FIM. Up to that point we were thinking there was no way he was going to ride. Give up the 25 points and go to the next round. But Ryan felt that as long as he didn't have that extreme pain he would be fine to try and ride. Then it was a big stretch to get him released because they had to do the CT scan and read it before they would let him go. Once everything came back clear and they were not going to keep him overnight we got out of there. We got the forms from the hospital, headed back to the track and off to Doc Bodnar to get clearance. Then it was off to the heat race.

So he hit the track for the first time in a heat race. No practice laps or nothing.

He was noticeably cautious in both races. Watching the race live, we were all told he had suffered from food poisoning all day and I just assumed he was dehydrated and just sick. Was he just being cautious because he was still in a bit of pain?
Yes, he was still in a bit of pain and wasn't feeling unreal for sure. He had a long day in the hospital and was slightly dehydrated from throwing up. He also had not eaten anything all day. It was not an ideal situation but I think he did pretty good considering the day he had. There was no way he needed to go out there and try to push the limits.

So what's the prognosis now?
Well, he flew out to California and is working with a specialist to try and determine what caused all this. I'm actually waiting to hear from them now.

Has the pain gone away?
Yes, for the most part. He still has a bit of soreness from all the cramping but the sharp pains have gone away.

So from the sound of things, it looks like we can expect a 100% healthy RV on Saturday in St. Louis?
Yes, that is what I expect.

On Adam Cianciarulo....

It's official. Photo from AC's Twitter account.

So, how about your other wounded warrior, Adam? How is his shoulder?
Well, he has actually flown to California too and is meeting with a doctor. I'm going to be on the phone here in a bit with Adam, his parents and the doctor, so I'll know more about his shoulder then. He had an MRI done and there are different options on what to do. Obviously there is some damage. The shoulder popped out and that is not right. To me, the more it pops out the more problems you are going to have until eventually you have to get it surgically fixed. But at this point I know as little as you until I get on the phone call. So the big thing we have to do now is talk to the specialist and have him give us his opinion. Can he fix the shoulder good enough with exercise, tape and other things or do we stop and go have surgery? Update on AC since this interview.

Man, that is a tough situation to be in. Adam is very early in his career so obviously you do not want to risk a more serious injury. Imagine if that shoulder pops out on the face of a triple or through the whoops. But then again he is still in the championship hunt and they east coast takes a break after next week.
Yes, exactly. It's going to be a tough call and I want to error on the side of caution but we won't be able to do anything until we get word on exactly how extensive is the damage. We have to think long term for sure.

Is this the first issue he has had with his shoulder?
He injured that particular shoulder a year and half ago so we really need to be careful and find out what kind of damage there is. My concern now is to make certain we don't keep having this problem later on in his career. It's going to be a tough decision but we have to hear from the doctor first before we make any speculation as to what to do.

So I assume he injured his shoulder in that crash?
Well, you know what was interesting is that his shoulder never popped out during that crash. Obviously once he got going  it came out a couple laps later in the whoops but it didn't pop out in the crash. More than likely the crash was violent enough to weaken what was going in the shoulder and then it eventually gave way.

Well, Aldon, sounds like you and your rider's have tough week ahead of you. Thanks for your time and be sure and keep us up to date.
Sure, no problem, Tim. Cheers.

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    Roostarvo March 26, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    Well 1st off I hope surgery goes fine. 2nd Adam it may not show it in the record books, but that SX Title was yours. You were Beast all season long,and all was in control,as you well know Moto-X, can be a love/hate thing. The hate being the injury side of it. God Speed on your recovery,and keep that Head on straight

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    Hangonthecable March 26, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    I'm surprised gallstones haven't been mentioned. The symtomes are exactly like those described, and can be caused by too much protein in the diet. I'd check that out if I were you Aldon.

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    WLDRacing March 27, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Ryan had GAS

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    klrman1 March 27, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    Kind of think RV passed a gallstone too. The sharp pain will bring anyone to their knees, I've had it and it's terrible, but it does get better during the day but the body feels weak.

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    RS March 29, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Has AMA looked into these air-bag type vests that deploy when you separate from the bike. They seem like a better option than neck braces, and offer much more overall protection for the neck and upper body.

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    Racer X Virtual Trainer March 30, 2014 at 9:30 am

    RS - Never heard of them. Do you have any further info. I'd like to research the topic.

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    Mike March 30, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    They are used in amateur road racing. Check with Roadracing World magazine. They would know.

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