Travis Pastrana Suffers Broken Leg In Best Trick Contest, Still Competes In RallyCross At X-Games (Video)
Travis Pastrana had quite the line-up scheduled for himself this past weekend, as he was expected to compete in the Moto X Best Trick competition at the X-Games in Los Angeles on Thursday and Friday night, fly to Indianapolis to take part in NASCAR’s Brickyard 400 on Saturday night (his first ever Nationwide Series race), before returning to L.A. on Sunday for the X-Games RallyCross event. However, the weekend dubbed as “Pastranathon” had to be rescheduled after Travis suffered a broken right ankle and foot while attempting a “720” during Thursday night’s competition.
After failing at his first attempt, Pastrana hopped back on his bike and gave it another shot. Unfortunately for him and everyone else who was looking forward to watching “Pastranathon” unfold, his second attempt ended a lot worse than his first.
Travis was taken to a local hospital and had to pull out of Saturday’s Nationwide Series race, but he did manage to compete in Sunday’s RallyCross event in a full leg cast after learning how to drive his Subaru Impreza with hand controls that his team constructed in less than 12 hours.
Pastrana was sitting in third place with only a few laps left in Sunday’s race, but he crashed hard into the wall while trying to hold off two-time WRC champion Marcus Grönholm. Unfortunately, they do not give medals for courage at the X-Games, but one thing Pastrana did win was the respect of X-Games fans everywhere.
Here is a look at his nasty spill from Thursday night.