According to Brad Baker, the factory Indian dirt track racer injured in an X-Games crash in Minneapolis, his diagnosis at this time is “temporary paralysis” of his lower body.
Baker is being moved to a spinal hospital in Chicago today where he hopes to regain the use of his legs and walk and resume normal activities.
Baker did not sever his spinal cord in the crash, but suggests that bone chips from multiple fractured vertebra damaged his spinal cord.
A talented and accomplished dirt tracker and series champion, Baker is one of perhaps ten people on the planet who can say that they have beaten Marc Marquez in a professional race. American Baker beat Marquez in the 2016 Superprestigio in Spain.
Baker’s crash in practice for the X-Games event in Minneapolis is especially unsettling and sobering because it appeared to be little more than a garden variety dirt track highside after he encountered a deep hole or rut on the track.