Marco Cannella Injury Update
By Billy Rainford
Fast up-and-coming Intermediate rider, #46 Marco Cannella, is on the short list of riders to keep a close eye on rising through the amateur ranks here in Canada. The 15-year-old Hamilton, Ontario, rider has been down south training at GPF in Cairo, Georgia, getting ready for the upcoming season.
He was entered in the Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross at Daytona International Speedway March 6-7. Marco was racing a Schoolboy 1 moto late Sunday afternoon when he fell hard over the finish line jump. Here’s what Marco had to say about the incident.
It was my second moto and the last moto of the day. On the second lap, some kid just cut over in the air on the finish line. My front tire hit his back wheel and that’s all I really remember.He tried to scrub and moved about 10 feet over.
I have a fractured scapula, a broken rib, and a mild concussion. It could have been a lot worse. I heard it was a pretty good crash. It was pretty painful for the first little while, but it’s just my shoulder that’s still a little bit sore. I’m starting to work out again now.
My trainer, Drew (Robertson), has had me doing a lot of running to test it out and see how it’s healing and if I get sore when I run. I’ve been doing that and some cycling, too.
We’ll see how I’m feeling. Probably in the next week or two I’ll start riding again and then I’m not sure if we’re going to stick around Canada and ride or if we’re going to go back down to GPF or something. We’ll take a month or so and just get back into it and then do our Area Qualifiers (for Loretta Lynn’s). We still have a decent amount of time to hit the ones we want to hit.
[He’ll be getting ready for Loretta Lynn‘s, the Parts Canada TransCan, and] I’m not sure if Iain Hayden will be taking us to Russia to race the World Juniors again, but hopefully, because that would be awesome.
I can race Schoolboy 1 in Canada for the AMO, they changed the rule. I’ll race Schoolboy 1, Schoolboy 2, and then 1 Intermediate class. In the states, I’ll just do Schoolboy 1 and 2 because there are 2 Schoolboy 1 classes now, so I’ll have 3 classes to race there and I don’t have to go into the B class yet.
Marco’s sponsors: Yamaha Canada, Motopark, Atlas Brace, Fox Head Canada, Tigwell Motorsports, MCR, Canadian Tire, New Era.