Due to an injury suffered during a preseason test with his Altus Motorsports/FLY Racing WPS Suzuki crew at Eagles Canyon Raceway in Decatur, Texas, this past Sunday, Stock 1000 and Superbike Cup rider Brandon Paasch will miss this weekend’s MotoAmerica Superbike round at the Circuit of The Americas.
According to Altus Motorsports team owner George Nassaney, Paasch separated his shoulder while testing his Suzuki GSX-R1000R. He and the team have withdrawn from the COTA event, but they are hoping that Paasch will be fit to race at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta on April 22 through 24.
“We have a couple of weeks until Road Atlanta, and Brandon is already working on getting treatment and therapy on his shoulder. He’s been staying with Jaret (Nassaney, who is George’s son and Brandon’s teammate), and the other night while sleeping, he must have rolled over because his shoulder popped out again. He was in a lot of pain, so he and Jaret went on the Internet and figured out how to pop it back into place. The shoulder is obviously very unstable, but we’re hopeful that it will heal in time for Atlanta.”
Paasch started his 2022 road racing season by winning his second-straight Daytona 200, but that was aboard a TOBC Racing Triumph Street Triple RS. COTA was to be his first race with his new Altus Motorsports team. While he won’t be competing at COTA, Paasch is still hoping to be in attendance this weekend, albeit as a spectator.