Photography by Andrea Wilson
Former World and AMA Superbike Champion Scott Russell is in Riverside Community Hospital in Riverside, California, after crashing his motocross bike at Perris Raceway on Tuesday and suffering broken ribs, a lacerated spleen, a collapsed lung and an injured knee.

“I’m pretty beat up,” Russell said today from hospital. “But I’m gonna live.”

Russell was taking part in a new model introduction for an Arai motocross helmet when the accident happened.

“My hand just slipped off the bar and the track was real loamy and I just stuck,” the 1993 World Superbike Champion said. “I’ll be out of here tomorrow.”

Russell was scheduled to take part in Kawasaki’s 30th anniversary of the Ninja this weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca while attending the World Superbike round on the Monterey, Peninsula.

Russell can’t fly for a month, but says he’s hopeful of leaving the Southern California hospital tomorrow and driving back to his Georgia home.

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Paul Carruthers took over as the editor of Cycle News in 1993 after serving as associate editor since starting his career at the publication in 1985. Carruthers has covered every facet of the sport in his near-28-year tenure at America’s Daily Motorcycle News Source.

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