Colt heading up Talladega at full speed.


After a few months of healing, Colt Nichols is back on the bike and we’re excited to see him riding again. Colt suffered a nasty hand injury after having contact with Chase Sexton during the 250 West/East Supercross Shootout. Colt stated about the incident:“I knew that something was broken at the track, but I waited to get back to SoCal with my regular physician to learn the extent of the injury. I broke the third metacarpal bone in my hand – not a horrible injury – but it required a small plate and a few screws to expedite the healing. I originally wanted to try and make it to the first National, but doctors say it needs four-to-six weeks to heal. We’ll play it by ear.” After several months off the bike, we’re glad to see him back but, unfortunately, with the little time he has spent on the bike so far, he will not be back in time to finish off the 2020 Pro Motocross Season.

“I knew that something was broken at the track”

Colt and Chase’s crash at the 2020 West/East Supercross Shootout

However, Colt wasn’t just on a 250 like we’d expect him to hop back on. We’ve heard rumors that Star Racing has been cooking up a powerful 450 team and yesterday it appeared that Colt was testing their secret 450 weapon. We’ve seen Team Manager Wil Hahn riding the 450 at Fox Raceway a month ago and just like the rest of Star’s 250 lineup, it was fast.

Colt now sporting a wrist brace to prevent more injury to his wrist

We’re excited to see more riders come back from their injuries this year and we’re looking forward to what Colt has planned for the future. We expect Colt to be racing in the 250 class next year for Star Racing Yamaha, but we do know that the Star riders often practice on stock Yamaha 450s because they are more affordable to maintain than a fully built 250. Also, practicing on a bigger bike often helps riders when they jump back down to their 250.

Another addition to the Star Racing Lineup is Nate Thrasher. The young rider recently left Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull KTM to be a part of the Star Racing 250 Team. Nate was going to make his pro debut with TLD at Millville but due to recent complications which were not announced (possibly the Star Racing deal) he had to postpone his first Pro national. We were looking forward to his performance as he has been training at the Bakers Factory with the rest of the KTM and Husqvarna Pro riders. Now under the blue tent, he will most likely be training with riders such as Star Racing Yamaha’s amateurs Nick Romano and Matthew Leblanc under the supervision of team manager Wil Hahn and team trainer Gareth Swanepoel.

Nate Thrasher YZ 250F Star Yamaha-1We were taking guesses on who the mystery rider was on the 250 as they were very fast. It turns out that the rider was Nate Thrasher.

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