In what was to be his first outdoor season aboard a Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki, the extremely talented Darryn Durham was considered the dark horse to the championship. After running at the front of the pack in 2011 aboard a quick, but inconsistent privateer Honda, it looked as though he had everything he would need for 2012 with his new team and the confidence that comes with a Supercross Lites main event victory. But it was not in the cards, as Durham suffered from a season stopping injury just before the final stop of the SX tour in Las Vegas. We caught up with Durham at his hometown race, High Point, between the continuous autographs and well wishes from fans.
A dislocated shoulder ended your season prematurely when you wrecked at Comp Edge right before Las Vegas…
Yeah, it was a couple of days before Vegas, I was doing some outdoor testing, and it was a windy day. I scrubbed this jump and caught some wind, and I hit it a little fast and had a bad crash. It sucks. I tore my rotator cuff and my labrum, but I got them both fixed and the surgery went good. I have a few months of recovery and I am probably going to miss most of the outdoors, and if I am healthy enough to come back for the last few, I will. But if not, Monster Cup is when I will be back. I am pretty bummed out, because I wish I were out there riding.
When you got injured, did you know immediately that something was messed up?
Yeah, I knew my shoulder was dislocated. I had never done it before, so I was actually freaked out because I didn’t know how to get it in. Jessica Patterson put it in for me because the EMTs couldn’t do it. Patterson came over and said, “I can’t believe no one knows how to put a shoulder back in,” and came over and popped it back in.
Was it gory?
It sucked, the worst pain I have ever been in, for sure.
Why did they wait so long to do surgery? Did the need to wait for the swelling to go down?
I had to wait about three weeks to get surgery. At first they wanted to wait a week for swelling, and I was cool with that, but I went back and they said a nerve wasn’t working right and that they wanted to wait two more weeks. I don’t know if maybe the doctor didn’t have time (Laughs). It was Dr. Kramer, the one who did Villopoto’s knee, and he get me in as quick as he could. He said he didn’t want to do anything for three weeks, so I listened to the Doc, he fixed me up, and now I am back.
Did everything go well during the surgery, no anesthesia issues or infections?
No, it went perfectly. I woke up and got a Big Mac afterwards (Laughs).
Now that you have the summer off, while is not what you wanted, what are you going to do? Will you stay back East?
I am staying back for just this week, so I can be at High Point and Budds Creek. I might come back for a couple of other ones, because I like the East Coast rounds, but I am just hanging out now. Once I can get the “okay” to start therapy and training, I am going to start getting ready so I can be strong.
How did you feel coming into the summer?
I felt great, a lot better than I did about Supercross, and that went pretty good. I think it would have been a good outdoor season, and this sucks, but I am thinking that next year I can pull off both championships that would be great.
Did having the feature in the June issue help soften the blow?
(Laughs) Having the feature was great, because it came out so sick. And it had some free ride shots in there, as well.